From Farms to Streets – Exploring the Illicit Drug Trade’s Roots in India

  • Srijan Mishra
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  • Srijan Mishra

    Research Scholar at Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, India

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The article explores the often-ignored rural roots of India’s illicit drug trade, illuminating the social, legal, and historical facets of this intricate problem. The focus remains on comprehending the legal repercussions of drug possession in India and avoiding political and regional conflicts. The article traces the origin of drug production in rural regions and investigates the socioeconomic variables that have sustained its prevalence, starting with a historical review. Examined is the legal system, which is principally controlled by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, along with a thorough breakdown of the consequences associated with drug use and trafficking. The focus of the article then turns to the social effects of the illegal drug trade on rural areas, discussing health issues, family structure disturbances, the persistence of educational difficulties, and poverty cycles. The difficulties that law enforcement faces are examined, highlighting the need for teamwork and community involvement. Taking into account the interdependence of legal, social, and economic aspects, the paper promotes comprehensive approaches. A future-focused viewpoint is offered, highlighting the necessity of multidimensional strategies. The objective of this article is to enhance the comprehension of the intricate origins of the illegal drug trade in India’s rural areas and offer practical suggestions for intervention and preventive tactics.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 896 - 911


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