The Drug Scene

in Nepal


Nepal was long known as a haven for drug use. This reputation dates back to the 1960's and even earlier, when hashish and other drugs were legal and hippies would trek around Nepal seeking a legal high. Authorities today are still battling the country's former reputation.

Today things have changed. Drugs are illegal. But the sellers, buyers and traffickers are still there in abundance. Unfortunately, today the drugs are more hard core; heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.

The reason that drugs are so easily found in Nepal is mainly due to the country's geographical proximity to the Golden Crescent — Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. These countries produce 80 to 90 percent of the world's opium poppies, used to make heroin. 

Today, there are efforts by criminal elements to make Nepal a transit point for drug trafficking. The latest figures from the Nepalese Narcotics Control Bureau showed they seized 47 tons of cannabis in 2012, up by nearly 30 percent over 2011.

Their statistics also revealed a sharp increase in the seizure of other drugs such as hashish, heroin and opium in the past few years.

Drug Usage in Nepal

Local Nepalese have also fallen into the trap of drug abuse causing many to be addicted to heroin, amphetamine type stimulants, cannabis, hashish and other drugs. The youth of Nepal as well as older people are hooked and very few effective rehab programs for de-addiction, as drug rehab is called there, are available.

Unfortunately there has been a large increase in the number of Intravenous Drug Users (IDU's) in Nepal in recent years. These drug users numbered nearly 28,500 of 46,300 hard drug users in the country as of a 2008 count by the Nepalese government. Many have concerns about the spread of HIV in the country due to the large number of IDU's there. Effective drug rehab is direly needed in Nepal.

Rehab that Works Comes to Nepal

Narconon Nepal

Fortunately for the people of Nepal and neighboring countries of the Golden Crescent, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has come to Nepal. In the city of Kathmandu, a person who wants to recover from drug abuse problems can find real rehab help with the full eight-step Narconon program regimen.

Currently the first center in Kathmandu, called the Narconon Nepal Drug Treatment center, is capable of serving 150 people recovering from drugs at one time. This drug de-addiction facility overlooks Kathmandu's valley, providing a vast view of the Himalayas.

The Narconon Program is Comprehensive and Highly Effective

The Narconon regimen includes a fully comprehensive program helping the recovering drug user face his drug abuse issues, including the physical and the mental or emotional barriers that keep one trapped in addiction. At Narconon, the person's de-addiction program starts with him going through a thorough but surprisingly tolerable withdrawal period, soon followed by an intense detox on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. That includes daily exercise, good nutrition and some vitamins and minerals as well as time spent in a dry-heat sauna. The result of this portion of the program is that the recovering person usually feels less cravings for drugs and sometimes says that his cravings are gone completely. Usually, the person will report that he feels clean and refreshed after this part of the program and able to think clearly and focus more easily. But the Narconon program does not stop here. The former user needs skills to learn to live without the need for drugs.

Get Help Rehab

With his new ability to focus and think clearly, the next part of the Narconon program provides him with training on several life skills. These courses can help the person learn to make better, drug-free decisions. He can learn how to better choose the people he associates with, how to improve his condition in life and even to learn a moral code, based on common-sense which he can use to guide his future actions. The result of all of the eight steps of the full Narconon program is usually a person who no longer needs or wants drugs in his life.

The vast majority of Narconon graduates do remain drug-free, for at least two years following graduation. This is a high rate of recovery that brings relief not only to the individuals who have recovered but also to their families and communities.


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  • Hard Drug Users in Nepal, Some Statistical Facts, Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics, July, 2008. Available online at:

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