Press Esc to close
Friday 30 September 2016
News updated at 10:16 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.4°C
Min : 21.4°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

8-year-olds taking to drugs in Punjab

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

A survey of Punjabs 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
A hair stylist Kailash Kashid creates a special hair cut slogan of Maratha Kranti Morcha...

A hair stylist Kailash Kashid creates a special hair cut slogan of Maratha Kranti Morcha...

Actor Salman Khan plays with his sister Arpita's kid at an event for the tie-up between...

Actor Salman Khan plays with his sister Arpita's kid at an event for the tie-up between...

Artisans work on a giant model of Hindu god Ganesh during preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja..

Artisans work on a giant model of Hindu god Ganesh during preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja..

The palace witnessed very little visitors on the day and thus children enjoy playing at the...

The palace witnessed very little visitors on the day and thus children enjoy playing at the...

Temples submerged at Gwari Ghat due to floods caused in Narmada River by heavy rains...

Temples submerged at Gwari Ghat due to floods caused in Narmada River by heavy rains...

Indian Army vehicles move towards border areas in Akhnoor sector on India Pakistan Border...

Indian Army vehicles move towards border areas in Akhnoor sector on India Pakistan Border...

BJP activists celebrate the Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control in PoK...

BJP activists celebrate the Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control in PoK...

all-party meeting in New Delhi on Thursday following Indian army's surgical strikes along the LoC...

all-party meeting in New Delhi on Thursday following Indian army's surgical strikes along the LoC...

People celebrate after Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control...

People celebrate after Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control...

Artists practice the Garba dance ahead of the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad...

Artists practice the Garba dance ahead of the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad...

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