4th meeting of the BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group was held virtually. All the member nations of the group such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa participated in the 4th session.

The Anti-Drug group reaffirmed their commitments towards the Anti-Drug Conventions. The virtual meeting focused on misuse of technologies for drug trafficking. During the 4th meet India stressed on the common points that emerged during discussions including need for real time information sharing.

The drug trafficking and usage in India is high. India is taking immense measures to control drug usages individually and also along with international groupings.

Anti-Drug Action Plan 2020-21

On June 26 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Anti-Drug Action Plan for 2020-21 was formally launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The plan includes identification of drug dependent population, awareness generation programme, focus on treatment facilities. The action plan includes the following

  • De-addiction facilities are to be set up in more than 272 districts. The districts are to be identified by Narcotics Control Bureau. The districts mostly belong to Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, UP and the North East.
  • The plan will establish drop-in centres for addicts. It will focus on setting up of peer-led community-based outreach programmes.
  • Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts are to be established.
  • Drug-free India campaign is to be launched that will focus on community outreach programme.

National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use

In 2018, Ministry of Social Justice was conducted survey. The anti-Drug Action plan 2020-21 was framed based on this survey. The following are the key features of the survey

  • Around 8.5 lakh Indians are using drug injections. OF this 4.6 lakh are children
  • The use of opioids (a type of drug like that of Heroin) in India is thrice that of global average.

BRICS Summit

In 2019, 11th BRICS Summit was held under the theme “Economic Growth for an Innovative future”. The BRICS groupings believe that there is an urgent need to strengthen WTO, UN and IMF.

4th BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group held