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Addressing the Epidemic: Combating Drug Abuse in India



  Aug 09, 2023

Drug Abuse in India


1. What is yesterday’s report about drug abuse in India?

The recent report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment is titled "Drug abuse among young persons: Problems and solutions." It highlights the fast spread of drug addiction among adults, young adults, and children in India.
 

2. What are the alarming findings of the report?

The report expresses shock over the widespread drug abuse among children aged 10-17 years. It mentions that opioids, sedatives, and inhalants are prevalent among children in various states. The worst affected states and union territories include Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCT of Delhi, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
 

3. How many children in Punjab are addicted to drugs according to the report?

As per the report, 6.97 lakh children aged 10-17 years in Punjab are hooked on drugs. Among them, 18,100 children consume cocaine, 3.43 lakh take opioid drugs (including heroin), and 72,000 use inhalants.
 

4. What substances are commonly used by school and college-going children in India?

According to the report, the most common substances used ever by school and college-going children in India are tobacco, followed by alcohol.
 

5. Which states have an exorbitant number of drug users, according to the report?

The states with an exorbitant number of drug users, as mentioned in the report, include Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
 

6. What measures are recommended in the report to address drug abuse?

Addressing drug abuse involves a combination of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and awareness programs.


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