The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is finalising a National Policy on Drug Demand Reduction to combat the rising menace of drug and alcohol abuse, especially among children.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment informed a Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that 18 States have responded to an advisory sent by the Centre to formulate an action plan for combating drug abuse.
The Ministry, in an affidavit, said it had assigned the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre under the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to conduct a national survey on the extent and pattern of substance use. A final report is expected by March 2018.
The affidavit was on a petition filed by Telugu Yuva Shakti member Kethireddy Jagadeeswar Reddy, for a CBI investigation in connection with the recent drug scandal involving Telegu celebrities.
The Ministry affidavit refers to the December 14, 2016 judgment of the Supreme Court which ordered the Centre to complete within six months a national survey and generate a national database on substance abuse.
The court, speaking through Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, had said the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco abuse among children should be made a specific content in the school curriculum under the aegis of New Education Policy proposed by the Centre.