If an addict who is charged for consuming narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances or any other crime in relation to a small quantity of that drug or substance voluntarily seeks to undergo medical treatment for de-addiction, he will not be prosecuted. The law affords immunity to such persons who are looking to rehabilitate and treat themselves1.
This treatment must be done at:
- A hospital or institution maintained by the government
- A hospital or institution recognised by the government
- A local authority as provided in the NDPS Act.
It is important to note that this immunity can be withdrawn if the addict does not undergo the complete treatment for de-addiction.2
- Section 64A