‘Draft a national plan on drug abuse,’ Supreme Court to AIIMS
The Supreme Court has asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi to make a national action plan to check drug abuse, particularly among schoolchildren.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra told AIIMS to submit panel report by Sept 7.
“No further extension shall be granted. The competent authorities of AIIMS shall bear in mind that framing of this policy is of national importance and it cannot brook any delay,” the Bench told Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh.
The national capital alone has around one lakh street children and substance abuse is reported as a major health problem among them, the PIL had said.
A study on substance abuse showed last year that 100 per cent of the children in conflict with the law were drug abusers, 95.5 per cent of them staying in childcare institutions were on drugs and 93 per cent of street children consumed narcotics.