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80 de-addiction centres in Punjab: HC

A total of 10 government and 62 licensed private drug de-addiction centres are functional in various districts of Punjab. Also, all eight central jails in Punjab have functional de-addiction centres with a drug abuse monitoring system and visiting psychiatrists and counsellors are posted in these jails.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 18, 2013 18:26 IST
HT Correspondent

A total of 10 government and 62 licensed private drug de-addiction centres are functional in various districts of Punjab. Also, all eight central jails in Punjab have functional de-addiction centres with a drug abuse monitoring system and visiting psychiatrists and counsellors are posted in these jails.


The information was given in the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday by Ashok Nayyar, director, health and family welfare, Punjab, during the hearing of a case.

Nayyar also informed that work was in progress in 13 government de-addiction centres. He told the court headed by the chief justice that the services of detoxification treatment, rehabilitation and counselling were being provided in de-addiction centres.

The court was also informed that in the cases of private de-addiction centres, regular inspections were being undertaken by district-level committees under the chairmanship of deputy commissioners, civil surgeons, psychiatrists and two non-governmental officials as members.

The officer also told the court that the state government had established the Institute of Mental Health at Amritsar and the mentally ill in need of long-term hospitalisation were being admitted at the institute from all districts. At present, there are 290 patients admitted in the institute against the intake capacity of 350 patients.