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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

NarcononNepal

Specialities:

Drug rehabilitation, information and education. Strong dedication to drug prevention through community based and in-school education programmes. Drug-free rehabilitation focussing on learning, self-improvement and self-conditioning.

Contact/ address:

Drug Rehabilitation Center
Pratigya Center
G.P.O. 1718
Hattigauda, Kathmandu
Nepal

Tel: 977-1437-0989
Email: pratigyafoundation@hotmail.com
Website: www.narconon.org

Description:

Narconon drug rehabilitation and drug prevention centres are present in over 40 countries across six continents throughout the world. The worldwide brand has a 75% success rate in terms of drug rehabilitation. They have over 43 years experience in the field and their network has expanded rapidly since they were first set up.


The Recovering Group – Drug & Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

Specialities:

Treatment based on the ’12 Step’ philosophy on drug rehabilitation with a focus on personal growth and development. Holistic approach to rehabilitation which includes improvement in self-esteem, vocational productivity and healthy lifestyle.

Contact/ address:

The Recovering Group
Banasthali, Balaju
Kathmandu
Nepal

Tel: 0977- 4351870
Email: recoveringgroup@yahoo.com
Website: www.recoveringgroup.com

Description:

Founded in 2005 by individuals whose lives had been affected by addiction. The Recovering Group aims to restore individuals to a state of health, happiness and productivity, free from dependence on narcotics by addressing and breaking the cycle of destructive behaviour.


Naulo Ghumti – Drug Rehabilitation & HIV/AIDS Prevention

Specialities:

Works heavily with addicts and their families from Pokhara and surrounding districts although those from other parts of the country may be referred. Family support, use of peer and role models, job placement and long-term livelihood support are all specialities of the organisation.

Contact/ address:

Naulo Ghumti Nepal
Drug Rehabilitation & AIDS Prevention
Fewa Mark, Pokhara - 8
Kaski Post Box No: 387
Nepal

Tel: 00977- 61- 521962
Email: nauloghumti@ngn.org.np
Website: www.ngn.org.np

Description:

The organisation aims to work closely within the community to foster the dignified and healthy life of its citizens. It has strong links with education and governmental agencies and offers life-long support for those who undertake its rehabilitation programmes. The Pokhara has a high instance of HIV infection and a large number of drug addicts and the organisation is dedicated to addressing the health and social welfare of the most at-risk individuals.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Government of Nepal Ministry of Health and Population Department of Drug Administration.

Contact/ address:

Department of Drug Administration
Madan Bhandari Path-4
Bijulibazar
New Baneshwor
Kathmandu

Tel: 0977 - 4780 227/ 0977 – 4780 432
Email: dda@healthnet.org.np
Website: www.dda.gov.np

Formed in 1979, the DDA is charged with enforcing the Drug Act of 1978 which prohibits the misuse of drugs and pharmaceutical substances. It regulates the production, testing, marketing, distribution and utilisation of legal drugs. The National Health Policy of 1991 aimed to improve co-ordination amongst governmental and non-governmental agencies related to drug manufacture and distribution and the DDA also focuses on this task.

Preventing false and misleading information being disseminated or advertised is another key task of the DDA. The department seeks to encourage pharmaceutical industries to achieve a level of self-regulation when it comes to the upholding of the required standards in the production of medicinal drugs. It has a key role in making sure all drug producers comply with international treaties on drug production.

Regarding the control of narcotics within the country, in 2006 the Nepal government recommended the formation of a Narcotics Control Bureau but to date this Bureau has yet to be set up.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

Nepal: Draft 2010 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (incsr) Part I – Narcotics

Type:

Security

Published Authority:

Wikileaks

Date:

2 November 2009

Internet link:

www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09KATHMANDU991

Publisher website:

www.wikileaks.org


Name:

Drugs and Law in Nepal

Type:

Security

Published Authority:

Aarogya Network

Date:

2011

Internet link:

addictionsupport.aarogya.com/law/drugs-a-law/729-drugs-a-law-in-nepal.html

Publishers website:

www.aarogya.com

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Narcotics Drugs (Control) Act, 2033 (1976)

Published Authority:

Government of Nepal

Date:

1976

Internet link:

www.imolin.org/amlid (information resource)

Publisher Website:

www.imolin.org

Facts and stats

  • Pokhara, the largest urban centre in the West of Nepal, has a high population of students, migrant workers and tourists, which means it is hub for illicit drug use.
  • It is estimated that there are up to 5,500 drug users in the Pokhara region in total.
  • A recent study estimated that 22% of intravenous drug users in Pokhara were HIV positive.
  • Despite the fact that Nepal does not significantly produce drugs or is a major drug transit route, nevertheless a high level of narcotic drugs, including cannabis and heroin are trafficked through the country every year.
  • The Narcotics Drug Control Law Enforcement Unit (NDCLEU) in Nepal reports that drug trafficking operations are increasing in the country.
  • The country’s fight against illicit drugs has been hampered by a lack of resources and there has been limited progress on development of a robust counter-narcotics programme. Narcotics-related legislation, despite being recommended by the government in 2006 has yet to be put into practice.
  • Police note that the cultivation of cannabis is rising in the south of Nepal, with most destined for India. The abuse of locally cultivated cannabis and hashish remains widespread.
  • Heroin from Asia is smuggled into Nepal via the so-called ‘porous border’ with India and through Kathmandu airport.
  • Nepal’s only drug law is the Narcotic Drugs Control Act, 2033 (1976, amended 1993), outlawing the cultivation, production, manufacture, import, export, purchase, possession, sale, and consumption of the most commonly abused drugs.
  • In 2011, the overall number of police arrests related to drugs offences decreased, although the number of drug seizures rose. From the period from January to September 2011, 112 people were arrested for drugs trafficking offences (83 Nepal nationals and 29 foreigners). The non-Nepalis arrested were mostly Indian nationals.
  • Seizure of cannabis was at an all-time high in 2011 with a haul of 1,923 kilograms (a 150% increase from the previous year). The Nepali government seized 32,859 vials of diverted pharmaceutical drugs (a 31% increase from 2010).

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

International Nepal Fellowship

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/ contact:

INF Nepal Central Office
PO Box 5
Pokhara
Nepal

Tel: 0977 – (0)1 552 1183
Email:info@nepal.inf.org
Website: www.inf.org

The INF is a Christian mission involved in issues relating to the health and social development of the Nepali people. It helps those affected by HIV/AIDS, leprosy, TB and disability as well as drug abuse. Its staff consist overwhelmingly of native Naepalis with a small expatriate staff. It concerns itself with education, rehabilitation and counselling and operates medical clinics in the field.

International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) Nepal

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/ contact:

INRUD Nepal
PO Box 8865
Kathmandu
Nepal

Tel: 00 – 977 – 1 – 411563 6
Email: inrud@healthnet.org.np
Website: www.inrud-nepal.org.np

INRUD was established in 1969 with the aim of designing, testing and disseminating strategies to improve the ways that drugs legal drugs are prescribed, dispensed and used. The agency has 22 offices across the world and are represented in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Sweden and the USA. Its strategies include the linking of clinical and social research, investigating the motivations of drug consumers and providers and the development of more effective research and data collection tools.


Positive Voice (PV) Nepal

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/ contact:

Satdobato-15
Lalitpur
Bagmati
PO Box 8975
EPC 512
Nepal
Tel: 0977 – 01 – 2111419
Email: positive_voice@mail.org
Website: redribbonaward.org

Set up in 2007, Positive Voice Nepal is a leading non-governmental organisation that supports those using drugs and living with HIV. Among other objectives, it aims to build awareness of the various human rights issues related to HIV. In terms of drug rehabilitation, the organisation finds households who can sponsor drug-users and are living with HIV, and allow them to be enrolled into oral substitution therapy including methadone programmes, and receive anti-retroviral treatment.