To provide addicts in prison with peer support, Narcotics Anonymous

Punjab government has established a peer support network for inmates with substance use disorder or addicts in 19 state prisons . Peer support is one of the three key pillars of the outpatient opioid-assisted therapy (OOAT) scheme .

Chandigarh: Starting this month, Punjab prisons minister Harjot Singh Bains announced that the Punjab government has established a peer support network for inmates with a substance use disorder or addicts in 19 state prisons, which will eventually extend to the rest of the six jails.According to Bains, peer support is one of the three key pillars of the outpatient opioid-assisted therapy (OOAT) scheme, which includes pain, peer support, and counseling.Various Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups held peer support meetings in jails, according to the minister, with about 1,540 prisoners attending in 19 jails.Each team of NA consists of four-five volunteers who will meet in 19 shortlisted jails for a few days each week.