The Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS was established in the year 1988 and was functional from the premises of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, New Delhi. In 2003, it was upgraded as a National Centre on Treatment, Training and Research in the field of Addictions under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , Government of India and moved to its present location in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh as the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC). NDDTC functions as a specialty unit of the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi and is a designated National Resource Centre under the Drug De-addiction Programme (DDAP) , Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and a WHO Regional Collaborating Centre for Substance Abuse. It is also the coordinating centre for training programme for medical officers under the scheme implemented by Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance and the National Technical Training Centre for National AIDS Control Organization , Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
NDDTC has multi-disciplinary faculty and staff (psychiatrists, pre-clinical scientists, biostatisticians, social scientists, research staff, nursing staff, laboratory personnel and administrative staff) to undertake the responsibilities assigned to the centre. Clinical care is provided through outpatient, inpatient settings and community clinics. Help is available for the treatment of disorders related to use of all types of psychoactive substances. Treatment is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of experienced professional combining both pharmacological (i.e. with medications) and non-pharmacological (i.e. psychological / social) approaches. The centre carries out the relevant haematological, biochemical laboratory tests to monitor health damage. Further, several drugs of abuse are screened simultaneously through analysis of patients’ urine sample.
The centre has been involved in:
The Centre provides clinical care to about 10000 new patients and about 50000 follow-up patients every year. In addition, the centre runs special clinics like Tobacco use cessation clinic, Dual diagnosis, Adolescent clinic, Clinic for women and a clinic catering to Behavioural addictions.
Role in National Survey
NDDTC, AIIMS is the lead technical agency, chosen by the MSJE, Govt. of India , and is responsible for conceptualization of the survey, planning the scientific aspects including methodology and technical coordination among all the collaborators at the National and Regional level. While NDDTC, AIIMS will take the lead in scientific and technical aspects of the survey and partner with other medical institutes of repute for this purpose, the operational and management responsibilities for data collection for the survey will be discharged by the MSJE, National Institute of Social Défense (NISD), NDDTC, Other Medical Institutes, State Governments and MSJE nominated NGOs in a collaborative manner.
At NDDTC, AIIMS a team of investigators is responsible for the technical aspects of this survey. The team of researchers includes:
|Sr.No||Name||Designation||Role in the survey team|
|1||Dr. Atul Ambekar||Professor||Principal Investigator|
|2||Dr. Rakesh K Chadda||Professor and Chief, NDDTC||Co-Principal Investigator|
|3||Dr. S K Khandelwal||Professor and Chief, NDDTC (Retd.)||Co-Principal Investigator|
|4||Dr. Ravindra V Rao||Associate Professor||Co-Investigator|
|5||Dr. Ashwani Kumar Mishra||Associate Professor(Biostatistics)||Co-Investigator|
|6||Dr. Alok Agrawal||Associate Professor||Co-Investigator|
Roles and Responsibilities of NDDTC, AIIMS: