Monday, June 17, 2024

Kashmir No 2 In Substance Abuse

In a shocking revelation, Kashmir has left behind Punjab in drug abuse and is at second slot after North East as the overall prevalence of substance abuse has reached 2.87 with Heroin becoming most commonly used drug by the addicts, a study conducted by the Government Medial College’s Psychiatry department, revealed Friday.The study said that Kashmir was at number two slot as far as drug abuse was concerned as the region has left behind Punjab that was considered as the drug hub till recently. “Kashmir is just behind North East as of now,” the study states.It states that the substance use is predominant in young males with mean age of 28.15 years. “Substance use was seen largely in unemployed population at 25.2 per cent,” it reads. “The most commonly used psychoactive substance was Opioids in every district of Kashmir.”It states that in all ten districts, 67, 468 individuals were having dependence pattern on psychoactive substances and among them 5204 individuals were opioids dependent and Heroin was predominant illicit drug that was used among the Opioid users.”The study states that overall prevalence of substance use was 2.87 while as for any opioid was 2.23 per cent. “The age of initiation of heroin was 22.88 years,” the study states. It reads that average monthly expense on heroin procurement by every person who used it was Rs 90,000

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