Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 August 2015
News updated at 5:59 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

8-year-olds taking to drugs in Punjab

Last updated: 18 April, 2010
Rajesh Deol, Chandigarh, Apr 18, DHNS:

A survey of Punjab’s four border districts has found shocking drug abuse among children as young as eight years old. Over 77 per cent among those surveyed were children in the age group of 11-18 who were initiated into drugs by close kin or friends.

Over 77 per cent surveyed kids said they were initiated into drugs by close kin .

Over 77 per cent surveyed kids said they were initiated into drugs by close kin .The study conducted by the Institute for Development Communication (IDC) here also indicated that substance abuse was becoming more rampant than the traditional intoxicants and chemists and medical practitioners had become part of the drug abuse trade. At least 31 per cent of drug users admitted to purchasing synthetic drugs from medical stores despite government instructions not to sell drugs without doctor’s prescription.

Traditional drugs like poppy husk were more popular among agricultural and labour class while the young and students preferred synthetic drugs like pain killers. Eight villages in the four border districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Ferozepur formed part of the survey. In Ferozepur district, the survey noted at least ten per cent of children had been initiated into drugs before the age of ten.

 Children aged eight and 10 year old told the surveyors that they had taken to drugs by watching their elders.

Prof P S Verma who was part of the two-member survey team,  said that peer pressure among the young was a pressing factor for the increasing trend of drug addiction among youth. The survey noted that despite several campaigns by social and religious organisations and even edict from the Sikh clergy against drug abuse, these have failed to deter the drug users whose number was multiplying each passing day in Punjab.
Even nuptial ties fail to rein in the drug addicts, the study noted as 55 per cent of all addicts were married.

Noting that most de-addiciton centres in the state were ill equipped, the study called for devising treatment programmes run at well-equipped de-addiction centres to curb the menace.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523