• Research Division
  • National Narcotics Laboratory
  • Preventive Education
  • Treatment
  • Outreach


The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) is pursuing a vision and achieving a state where the public at large works actively and effectively with all concerned agencies to eliminate drug related problems. For this purpose, the NDDCB has under taken many initiatives. One of the major activities , in this regard, is to conduct and undertake research studies into the prevalence, etiology and legal, medical, social and economic implications of the abuse of dangerous drugs.

1.Handbook on Drug Abuse Information

Handbook of Drug Abuse Information contains data on drug use each year and retrospectively for 5 years. Data on drug abuse was collected form Departments of Police, Excise, Customs, Prisons, Health and Indigenous Medicines. Printed copies of the Handbook were distributed to local and international institutions working in drug abuse control and related fields, professionals and other interested persons. Two interim reports of drug abuse information were compiled once in six months in Sinhala and English, print and circulated between the relevant professional and institutions. Meanwhile, data for the handbook on the forthcoming year were compiled and analyzed. Handbook on Drug Abuse Information 2016 which contains newest information on the drug situation of the country will be launched very soon.

2. Drug Abuse Monitoring System (DAMS)

Drug Abuse Monitoring System (DAMS) is a computerized information system, which collects information on persons arrested for drug offences and persons seeking treatment for drug use. Information is collected from drug law enforcement agencies and drug treatment agencies using data collection form for each case reported. These data are analyzed by the quarter in the case of persons treated for drug use and by the semester in the case of persons arrested for drug use. Data collection for the DAMS from the Police, Prisons and Treatment facilities Island-wide was coordinated by the research division.

Reports on persons treated for drug use and reports on persons arrested for drug use were published by quarterly and biannually. These reports were distributed among persons and organizations connected with drug control in the country.


Drug Abuse Statistical Report of Arrest and Treatment Agencies, Sri Lanka


The general objective of the Drug Abuse Monitoring System (DAMS) is to establish a sound database for effective programme planning and monitoring. Specific objectives of the Reporting System are as follow:

      To determine the incidence, prevalence and characteristics of drug users who come in contact with reporting institutions or practitioners.

      To monitor the trends and patterns in drug use.

      To determine and describe the "at risk" groups in the population

      To be an early warning system’ to permit early programme responses


The Information given in this report is mostly from Police Stations Island wide and Police Narcotic Bureau. The Instrument or the Reporting Form used for reporting on drug users contains core items on:

      Demographic characteristics

      Drugs used

     Route of use


      Frequency of drug use

      Nature of offence


Following reports were Completed during the year and available for information 

  • 1 ) Study on substance abuse in night clubs and beach parties in Colombo district and suburbs

Research division has conducted a study on substance abuse in night clubs and beach parties in Colombo district and suburbs. The persons who use party drugs are hidden population in Sri Lanka. The objectives of the study were to identify nature, extent trends, patterns and culture of party drug use, to determine demographic profile of party drug users and examine the short and long term consequences of amphetamine and party drug use.

  • 2 ) Study on opium use and opium distribution in Sri Lanka

Opium use for Ayurvedic medical purposes in Sri Lanka and some of the issues were identified in distribution process of Opium. Therefore Research division has conducted a study on current trends of Opium use and distribution in Sri Lanka. 100 drug users, 30 Ayurvedic doctors and 20 officers of relevant authorities has selected for the sample. Objectives of the survey were monitoring Ayurvedic doctors those who are using opium and cannabis for Ayurvedic purposes.

  • 3 ) Prevalence Survey on Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in Sri Lanka

The research division has conducted a survey on injecting drug users in high prevalence areas. The purpose of this survey to determine the prevalence, trends and patterns of injecting drug users in the country and to do the estimation, mapping and identify hot spots of living in IDUs population to commence treatment and rehabilitation.

  • 4 ) Statistical Report on Drug related Arrest in Sri Lanka - January to December 2017 (Volume 54)

According to the data recorded Drug Abuse Monitoring System (DAMS) in data base from January to December 2017, 34,970 persons were arrested for drug related offences and out of that 23,290 (67%) were Cannabis users. The highest proportions, 24%, of arrests were in aged 20 to 24. The majority, 8,831, seizers were reported from Colombo district and 25% from Western province.

  • 5 ) Statistical Report on Drug Dependents from Treatment Agencies (January to December, 2017) - Volume 107

Two thousand seven hundred six (2,706) drug dependents have been reported from drug related treatment centres in 2017. 1,280 (47.3%) persons were reported from the NDDCB, 608 (22.5%) from NGOs, 523 (19.3%) persons from Kandakadu and 295 (10.9%) from prison drug treatment programmes.


The National Narcotics Laboratory (NNL), functioning under the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board was created in 1990 through the combined funding of United Nations Drugs Control Programme (UNDCP) /UNFDAC and the Sri Lanka Government, with the WHO Authorities in Sri Lanka being the executing agency.

The laboratory became operational in an improvised building at York Street, Colombo 01, in April 1991, and shifted to its current custom built headquarters at Rajagiriya in 1994.

It is now renowned not only in Sri Lanka but throughout the South Asian Region as one of the best laboratories equipped with "state-of-the-art" scientific equipment, which include, Gas Chromatographs (GC), Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC), UV Spectrophotometers and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR) etc.

The laboratory staff is engaged exclusively in analysis of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals, in addition to conducting Training and Research. Due to the untiring efforts and utmost dedication of the well trained scientific staff and the management towards the continual development of the lab, the NNL now has a huge potential to carry out most of the sophisticated analytical experiments by itself, saving a large sum of money which should otherwise be spent on the foreign laboratories in getting such experiments conducted.








    Education and Training Division of National Dangerous Drugs Control Board is mandated via Sri Lankan Legislation and other drugs demand reduction conventions, not just to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse, but also to reduce the harm caused by drugs.Preventive Education and Training Unit believes that greater attention and more resources should be invested in drugs control programmes aim at managing effectively substance abuse issues among adolescents, secondary level school students tertiary level university students, risky workplace workers and grass root level.

    The programme package has been developed to address personal/ individual factor, social environmental factor and substance factor which generate numerous consequences of drug abuse. Our programmes have been designed with curriculum based on educational theory, interactive social learning, extra curricular activities, cultural sensitivity and developmentally appropriate information about drugs.



    Designing and implementing Educational & Skill Development Programmes

    Designing programmes for strengthening different categories people of such as students, government officers, law enforcement officers & private sector employees on drug abuse management and life skills development

    Information sharing and Dissemination

    Making individuals, families and community aware of harmful effects of drug abuse through printed and electronic media

    Alternative Programmes

    Designing & Organizing group activities which encourage creativity and entertainment in a drug free environment

    Brief intervention

    Preventing Individuals from experimenting and abusing legal and illegal substances and prescribed drugs for recreational purposes

    Community based programmes

    Strengthening community through intervention in terms of community support networks




    Treatment Programme


    A client need to stay three months at the centre for residential treatment. After the residential period is over the client is required to enrol into the relapse prevention programme. Parents/guardians are required to assist the client's recovering process and help to cope with uncomfortable feelings.


    Wherever possible, the residential programme incorporates activities and experiences consistent with normal lifestyles. The clients will have a formal treatment programme during week days, less structured activities in evenings and in weekends.


    Daily activities includes individual and group counselling sessions, educational programmes, care and maintenance of the centre, work projects such as landscaping, creative pursuits such as pottery, welding work, carpentry and drama, stress management activities like muscle relaxation, meditation and recreation. Television and news papers are available for residents.


    About Centers

    The centers consists of counselling rooms, office buildings, vocational training units, kitchen and dining hall(s). Those are located in easily accessed and free locations. The centers provides basic but clean and hygienic accommodation, a balance diet, in-door and out-door recreational facilities, a group of friendly and trained staff. The treatment programme consists of medical attention, counselling, behavioural therapy, vocational training, in-door and out-door recreational activities. The treatment needs of each person are assessed individually.


    The centers managed by a resident Manager with a trained and well experienced Counsellor, Assistant Counsellors and members of treatment staff who takes care of the residents. The Counsellor would personally talk to parents, spouses or guardians on admission of the client to the centre and would take them around to show the facilities provided at the centre. There is a monthly get-together at the centre for client's parents, spouses or guardians.

    Community Counselling Centers

    “Siyapatha” Counseling Center
    Old Ceylon Buddhist Congress Complex
    Bauddhaloka Mawatha
    Colombo 07
    Tel : 011 309 1394

    Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Counseling Center
    Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society
    No. 130, Maligakanda Rd, Maradana
    Tel : 011 267 7626 / 011 493 5077

    Hot Line : 1984

    Outreach Services


    The NDDCB has taken measures to expand its services to the grass root level by extending the outreach drug prevention and treatment programmes to the district level. This has been further enhanced by improving the facilities and increasing the number of outreach officers assigned to Grama Niladhari divisions in high prevalence areas in Colombo and suburbs as well as in outstation areas.

    Objectives of the outreach

      To extend Board's services (prevention, treatment and rehabilitation) to drug dependents and their families, high risk groups in community and the general public.


      To establish and maintain a communication network between Schools, Grama Niladaries, Samurdhi Officers, Divisional Secretaries, Social Service Officers, Principals and Religious Leaders to develop programmes on discouraging the use of drugs conducted by the Board.


      To evaluate the effect / success of aforesaid programmes by carrying out continuous follow up activities.


      To provide prevention and treatment services to drug users, their families and to the general public.


    Contact information of the outreach officers

    MLO briefs the plan to Secretary Defence