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UNDCP To Fund Fight Against Drug Ab
Subject: UNDCP To Fund Fight Against Drug Abuse in India
UNDCP to fund fight against drug abuse in India
The Times of India, New Delhi
Jun. 4, 1999
By The Times of India News Service
NEW DELHI: The United Nations Drug Control Programme
(UNDCP) will provide India $5.5 million (Rs 22 crore) over a
four- year period to comprehensively address the problem of
drug abuse through community-based rehabilitation programmes
all over the country. Two project agreements were signed last
month with the Vienna-based UNDCP by the Union ministry of
social justice and empowerment, ministry sources said here on
The projects will include a rehabilitation package specifically
designed for the north-eastern states and establishment of a
National Centre for Drug Abuse Prevention in New Delhi.
According to sources, these agreements are a landmark in
India-UNDCP collaboration for drug demand reduction in
accordance with the Declaration and Guiding Principles on Drug
demand Reduction adopted during the special session of the UN
General Assembly in June, 1998.
The number of drug addicts is sharply rising in the country.
is no more just a transit country for trafficking in drugs
``golden triangle'' (Myanmar, Laos and Thailand) and ``golden
crescent'' (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran).
It has been estimated that among the addicts in India, alcohol
users constitute 41.28 per cent, opium users 8.02 per cent,
brown sugar/smack users 7.62 per cent, ganja/marijuana users
7.29 per cent and heroin 3.58 per cent.