Beyond Cannabis: Psychotropic Substances Decriminalization
Manas Sinha
Narcotic Drugs, Substance use Disorder, Rehabilitation, Deterrence, Reform
Psychotropic Substances are powerful psychoactive substances that alter consciousness and brain function. Like cannabis, Psychotropic Substances have long been considered prohibited by the NDPS Act 1985. However, via the powerful psychological experiences they induce, Psychotropic Substances are now being shown to be viable therapeutic alternatives in treating depression, substance use disorders, and other mental illnesses, and to enhance the wellbeing of healthy individuals. Psychotropic Substances has been used since the pre-historic period of mankind and is closely integrated with the history of the most ancient civilization known to have existed. In India, it is associated with religious customs and traditions that date back to the period of thriving gods. Legalization of such substances has always been a debatable topic after the enforcement of Narcotic Drug & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 illegalization, sale and possession of such substance all over India. Despite its use in the medical field no positive steps have been taken. Czechia, The Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland are among the handful of countries that have decriminalized drug use and possession for personal use and that have also invested in harm reduction programs. Consequently, diagnosed amongst the people of these are very low. This paper aims at drawing a strict analysis of usage of Psychotropic Substances followed by a comparative study with the rest of the world pin-pointing whether India should de-criminalize Psychotropic Substances or not.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 11

Page(s): 1357 - 1360
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