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Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985

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  • December 7, 2021
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Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985

Part of: Prelims and GS-II- Policies and interventions

Context A Bill to replace an ordinance amending the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 was introduced in the Lok Sabha

  • The NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021 would replace an ordinance promulgated in September to correct an error in a 2014 amendment to the Act.

About The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985

  • It is also known as the NDPS Act.
  • It prohibits any individual from engaging in any activity consisting of production, cultivation, sale, purchase, transport, storage, and/or consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance.

About psychotropics and Narcotics

  • From a medical point of view, psychotropics designate chemical substances that act upon the mind, that is on the conscious or unconscious mental life of an individual.
  • Narcotics include substances that cause stupor (unconscious), muscular relaxation and a reduction or elimination of sensitivity.

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