With more than 300,000 addicts reported in the Himalayan country, police seek to prevent an increase in drug trafficking.
Sunita Maharajan, a 42-year old mother of two sons, was delighted after her elder son Saroj passed the School Leaving Certificate examinations with distinction, considered a gateway in Nepal's education system. College is next.
"But I'm worried that when he goes to college he may come in contact with bad people," Maharajan told Khabar south Asia.
She is one of many parents in urban Nepal who fear their college-going children can be easy targets for narcotic drug suppliers.
Nepali policymakers also share her concern that a growing number of young people have become victims of drug abuse in recent years. On June 6th, police announced a five-month long nationwide awareness campaign.
"We are aware that the problem of drug abuse is very serious in the country. We are increasingly aware that this problem has affected the younger generation very much in recent years," said Joint Secretary Laxmi Dhakal at Home Ministry, which is responsible for formulating drug control policies.
Police estimate there are around 300,000 to 400,000 drug users in the country. Around 20% of these users are estimated to be young people, according to police spokesperson Deputy Inspector General Binod Singh.
In addition, there are growing concerns that Nepal is being used as a transit route for international narcotics smugglers.
Singh said the campaign is being launched in partnership with citizens and representatives of civic and social organisations. The goal, he said, is to mobilise trained people down to the village level, the lowest administrative unit in Nepal.
"We hope that this awareness campaign will help minimise demand, trade and production of narcotic drugs in Nepal as people become aware of the harms of narcotics," Singh told Khabar. The campaign was launched in co-ordination with Narconon Nepal, which works to eliminate drug abuse in Nepal.
Maharajan said she was happy to learn about the campaign and hoped it would prevent young people from falling into the trap of drug abuse.
"Though we have laws against the use, trade and trafficking of narcotic drugs, there was a lack of awareness of programmes targeting the young generation," she said. "I hope the campaign will be crucial to saving the young generation from the harms of drug abuse."