I’m a drug addict, and have been caught consuming drugs. Will I be punished or sent to a rehabilitation centre?
If you are a drug addict who has been caught consuming a small amount of drugs, you could voluntarily seek to undergo medical treatment for de-addiction. The Court will direct that you be released for undergoing such treatment for detoxification or de-addiction from a hospital or an institution maintained or recognised by the government.
But it is important to note this option is available only if/when you’ve been caught consuming a small quantity. For every other offence, the Act strictly does not allow commutation or reduction of sentence. 1
- Section 64A, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
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