Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care

Drug Prevention is a critical component in our nation’s effort to reduce drug use, particularly among young people. When it is part of a comprehensive strategy which includes law enforcement and drug treatment, preventions is a very powerful tool to reduce drug use. Over the decades, various types of drug prevention approaches have been implemented to help people reject drugs and choose healthy alternatives. 0ver the years, many lessons have been learned in the prevention field, and evaluating whether prevention programs actually work has been critical to their success. While drug prevention efforts continually evolve based on actual situation and needs, there are some guiding principles which are basic to successful drug prevention efforts. The ultimate aim of drug prevention programs is to change behaviors which encourage drug abuse and to reinforce positive behaviors which lead to the rejection of drugs.

People who inject drugs often have multiple risks of drug use and according to existing legislation in India, they often face incarceration for possession of drugs, which increases their risk of contracting or transmitting HIV. In general, drug use continues to be stigmatized both within the community and among health care workers, further marginalizing people with drug dependence problems. This means that HIV interventions may not be available to them, or that they are unable or unwilling to access services for fear of discrimination.