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Urged the Government of Nagaland to reconsider the policy of substance abuse and treatment

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Dimapur, June 25 (MExN): The Kripa Foundation has called on the Nagaland Government and Social Welfare Department to reconsider the Nagaland Drug Abuse and Treatment Policy 2016 in order to amend it.

On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, a press release issued by the Foundation called for adjustments to the policy in order to “give a progressive investigation policy, to ensure the availability and accessibility of drug abuse prevention and treatment services that are acceptable, and delivered in a sound manner.” Scientifically, medically appropriate and of good quality (ie with a strong scientific evidence base and independent oversight).”

“This means that these services should be adequately funded; compatible with basic rights and respectful of human dignity.”

She noted that the recent scientific research study report; “Substance Use Volume in India 2019”, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, and “National Family Health Survey (NFHI-5) 2019-21”, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare “Government of India, show that Nagaland outperforms the national average of Where substance (alcohol, cannabis, heroin/brown sugar/sunflower, opium, pharmaceutical drugs) substance abuse and substance use disorder.
The Mental Health Care Act (2017) included alcohol and drug use disorders under its scope, to increase commitment to human rights, to ensure non-discrimination, respect for the right to independence and confidentiality, to increase availability and access to a minimum level of care and rehabilitation for people with substance use disorders. Therefore, the Kripa Foundation has appealed to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to institute detoxification in all district hospitals in Nagaland. She said the government of Nagaland should maintain its constitutional responsibility to manage public health and provide high-quality healthcare services, including by allocating the maximum available resources ‘to gradually achieve this goal’. He noted that strengthening the prevention and treatment of drug disorders is a critical goal for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3.

Meanwhile, the KRIPA Foundation said that women who use drugs (WUDs) face stigma, discrimination, social isolation and economic issues (homeless and powerless) that lead them to engage in risky sexual practices (sexual transactions).

They find no community support, religious or political exemption and there is no therapeutic rehabilitation center for drug users in Nagaland.

For these reasons, they are driven by a high degree of exposure to HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health issues. Against this background and in full compliance with human rights standards and norms, the Foundation called for a careful rebalancing of policies and for the consideration and establishment of a substance abuse treatment rehabilitation center in Nagaland for women who use drugs, who want to live a clean and sober life.

She said substance use and abuse is not just an individual problem but a social, economic, social, political and human rights issue. The foundation added that a comprehensive approach and appropriate strategies must be developed and implemented to ensure prevention, treatment and social reintegration, with a strong system of coordination for the collective efforts of both government and civil society to address demand and supply reduction while mitigating risks. individual and societal risks.

“If awareness about drug abuse and abuse remains low and treatment facilities are limited, drug use and the harms associated with it will increase,” she added. The foundation called on the state government to play a greater role in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse; Legislative, administrative, budgetary, judicial, promotional and other measures must be taken to realize the right to health.

She said the Kripa Foundation believes that dignity, respect and access to health are fundamental non-negotiable rights, as enshrined in the Constitution of India. “A comprehensive, integrated and balanced approach to addressing and addressing the problem of drug abuse and abuse should focus appropriately on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole, with a view to promoting and protecting health, safety and well-being – being among all of humanity.”

In the meantime, the Foundation has reiterated its commitment and presented itself as allies of the organization and working with the government and its agencies willing to ensure the well-being of people with substance use disorder in the state.


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