Feb 1, 2023
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
This day falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. As per UNODC, Worldwide nearly 200 million (20 Crores) people are using illicit drugs like cocaine, cannabis, LSD, Morphine, Heroin, Sedative-Hypnotic drugs.
In India, a significant number of adults and adolescent people abuse drugs like cannabis, cocaine, Morphine, Smack, ketamine, LSD, sedatives & other drugs.
In India, use of a heavy amount of alcohol among adults is very common. People with alcohol addiction are not able to stop their alcohol use on their own. Heavy alcohol use often associated with a liver problem and social problem like gambling, stealing, road traffic accident, loss of job, divorce etc.
Approx. 63.6% of people with drug addiction starts their drugs use in childhood.
Around 13.1% of people into drug and substance abuse in India are below 20 years of age. Heroin, Opium, Alcohol, Cannabis, and propoxyphene are the commonest substance abused by children in India.
Children also abuse volatile substance easily found in corner stores such as cough syrup, pain relief ointment, glue, paint, gasoline, whitener and cleaning fluids.
“One in every five of India’s drug addicts is a child”
Use of tobacco is another major concern amongst children. In India 20 million children a year and nearly 55000 children a day are drawn into tobacco addiction.
“If the current trend continues, 250 million children alive today will be killed by tobacco “ – WHO
The certain health risk is associated with childhood drug abuse like early sexual activity, academic failure, school dropout, delinquency
SINCE Drug abuse starts in childhood, it offers a nice opportunity to treat this in childhood only so that it can save many productive years of life. The first step toward treatment is to listen to a child first rather than scolding child directly for his drug use.
Many a time the cause of drug abuse is very simple and can be tackled very easily. There are good and effective medicine and psychological treatment available for drug abuse now.