A critical appraisal of law & policy on prevention and control of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in India
Yasir Latif Handoo, AB Latif Wani, Fareed Ahmad Rafiqi
The drug abuse is no longer considered a ‘victimless’ crime. It is a crime that imposes a staggering burden on the people and the nations of the world. It is a burden no society can afford to carry. The illicit production, distribution and consumption of drugs have depraved and corrupted public servants, and have even destabilized governments. The erratic ebb and flow coupled with an enormous volume of drug money have adversely affected the money supply and exchange market. The paper has tried to assess the manner and magnitude of the National framework of law to control drug menace along with the nuances of International commitments. It also highlights the need to relook the legislative intent of sentencing scheme for NDPS cases keeping in view the current alarming rate of socio economic offences by referring to case laws. Thus, the present article is an objective attempt to elucidate the present system of Law and Policy framework for prevention and control of offences committed under NDPS Act, 1985, PITNDPS and appropriate suggestions to improvise the situation.