King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital, Mumbai
Bombay Drug De-addiction centre of Excellence was started in King Edward’s Medical (KEM) hospital in 1992 under the MOF&FW. It offers a complete de-addiction programme for alcohol, opioid and cannabis addict patients on indoor and outdoor basis. The DTC in KEM started its functioning in March 2015 and has a dedicated staff of medical officer, counselor and nurse. Each month, 0 to 90 new and 95 to 100 old patients per month are registered out of which 29 are currently on OST.
Since the commencement of DTC, medications like T. Naltrexone, T. Buprenorphine, Syp. Methadone areavailable free to the patients. This has proved highly beneficial to our patients and has helped them abstain from illicit drugs. Besides pharmacotherapy, the clinic provides comprehensive care to all substance users which includes psychosocial interventions as well. It also has an occupational therapy department for the indoor and outdoor patients. Along with this, there are weekly meetings by Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. This has helped in the social and vocational rehabilitation of needy patients which has helped in their re- integration into the society. We also conduct regular group therapy sessions for patients and psychoeducational groups for caregivers.
The centre became the regional resource and coordination centre from September 2015 and a RRCC coordinator, training-cum-field coordinator and accountant were employed to manage the services of RRCC.
As a part of their activity as RRCC, they have started three DTCs at Bhardawadi de addiction centre (Andheri, western suburb, Mumbai ), Rajawadi hospital (Ghatkopar, eastern suburb,Mumbai) and Usmanabad civil hospital (Marathwada region of Maharashtra, which is a draught affected area having a high prevalence of substance use).