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Centre likely to provide assistance for more de-addiction centres, RRTCs




 With the number of drug addicts in State growing, the Centre is likely to provide assistance for more numbers of de-addiction centres and Regional Resource Training Centres (RRTCs).

Odisha is set to receive more assistance in this regard as the Union Government is trying to evolve and strengthen appropriate models for prevention of alcoholism, drug abuse, treatment and rehabilitation.

According to officials, the National Consultative Committee on De-addiction and Rehabilitation is being held on 24 May to discuss such issues at length.
The establishment of De-Addiction Centres in each districts and increasing number of RRTCs will be taken up at the meeting, the official said.
The officials said there is a demand for setting up of Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCA)s in the States as drug addicts are immensely benefitted by these Centres.
They said more IRCAs are demanded for the State and their monitoring and accreditation is required as the online processing of grants to NGOs are in operation.
Officials have advised strengthening the monitoring mechanism of IRCAs and improving their service delivery.
A move is also afoot to set up separate and specialized de-addiction facilities for drug dependant females and children in the States, sources in Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment have said.
MoSJE is the Nodal Ministry for Drug Demand Reduction and it is coordinating and monitoring all aspects of drug abuse prevention in the country.
Notably, the MoSJE formulated the National Policy for Drug Demand Reduction which is being examined by the Group of Ministers headed by Union Home Affairs Minister.
Formulation of National Alcohol Policy is in the offing and the State Governments will offer their opinion in the matter, the sources added.
Growing alcoholism is viewed with all seriousness and the meeting will deliberate on the issue at length, officials say.
So far as drug abuse is concerned in the State, over 40 per cent kids use inhalants and about 15 per cent children use heroin, say sources.
For treatment and rehabilitation, there are 33 de-addiction centres and several NGOs are also working in this field.
In several towns of the  State, children involved in rag picking, shoe shining, working as coolies, working in shops and restaurants, road side vending, cleaning and washing utensils in hotels for their survival are found to be addicts.
NGOs involved in de-addiction activities say that these children work for long hours and when without work they sometimes engage in petty theft, drug trafficking or other criminal activities.
Most of the children start using intoxicants to satisfy their curiosity or to have fun without knowing its consequences.
There is an urgent need for establishing facilities for highly vulnerable groups like street children, homeless beggars, rag pickers and slum children, say the activists.





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