National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India’ 2019
While psychoactive substance use often tends to be framed as a problem or menace in the public-health or social-welfare discourse, the exact dimensions of substance use in India have not been assessed adequately, so far. A wide variety of entities – policy makers, researchers, service-providers, law-enforcers – need reliable and credible estimates of how many people in India use addictive substances and how many of them suffer from substance use disorders.
This report presents the major findings of the survey in terms of proportion of Indian population using various substances and those affected by substance use disorders. Representing a culmination of efforts of a large number of organizations and individuals, this is the first attempt in the history of India to provide detailed estimates of substance use in the country as well at the level of each states. It should now be possible to answer the questions like, which states of the country has the largest population of people affected by drug use? Or which substance is consumed by most Indian people who use drugs? After providing a snap-shot of the intricate and robust scientific research methodology, we provide the results of the survey in terms of each of the major categories of psychoactive substances, at the national as well as at the level of states. We also provide a broad framework of recommendations on how should the country move ahead in terms of mounting an effective response to the drug use epidemic. This comprehensive survey had multiple components. Considering the complex phenomenon of substance use and its consequences a number of issues need to be explored and studied in depth.
Photo 1 ( Hon Cabinet Minister. Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot. Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot. Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment along with Hon Minister of State, Shri Vijay Sampla for MSJ&E, Chief, NDDTC, Prof Rakesh Kumar Chadda & Prof Atul Ambekar (Prinicipal Invetigator of the National Survey at the launch of "Magnitude of Substance Use in India, 2019" report)
Prof Atul Ambekar,
Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi
Prof Rakesh Kumar Chadda, Chief, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi
Prof Sudhir K. Khandelwal, Ex-Chief, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi
Ravindra Rao, Associate Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi
Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Associate Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi
Alok Agrawal, Assistant Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi
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