PUNJAB: In a shocking revelation, a research by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has found that 1.2% of the adults present in the Punjab state are addicted to drugs. It is more than the national average, which is 0.2% in 2010 (as published by a leading journal ‘Addiction.”)
The study which comes in the backdrop of an ongoing controversy, over the release of ‘udta punjab’ – a movie featuring on the real truth of addicted youth in Punjab had surprised the Indian government too.
As per the study, in a population of nearly 1.9 crore adults, there are are 2.32 Opioid dependents and the researchers who have studied the impact said that the state government needs to act fast against the growing menace of drug abuse if it intends to save the youth.
“We have taken the sample aging between 18 and 35 years. 99% of the addicted were male. The study was carried between February and April 2015 and the data was collected from 3,620 opioid dependents across 10 districts of Punjab. We have also found that Opioids worth Rs 7,500 crore are consumed every year in the state. Of, all these heroine is the most common one”, said Dr Atul Ambekar, Principal investigator of the study.
Earlier, studies carried by UN AIDS and UN Office of Drugs and Crime on Punjab indicated that pharmaceutical drugs were the drugs of choice.