Illegal drug use among young people continues to rise

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Burning 12,767 tons of ganja at a biomass plant in Chhattisgarh on Friday sounds like an impressive haul. According to the latest report, police said about 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity could be generated from burning ganja.

In another incident cited by The Times of India, four drug traffickers were arrested in Dibrugarh district on Thursday. From high-profile cases of cruise ship drug raids to numerous Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raids, the country’s situation regarding the use of drugs and other mind-altering substances is critical.

Legal Service India’s log reveals that 90% of drugs are used by people aged 11 and above. Young people in the country are addicted to tobacco, drugs or alcohol whose intoxicants arouse a person’s anger. Even doctors have noticed that the increase in the number of minors committing crimes like rape, murder, burglary, etc. is due to drug addiction.

The electronic journal Pubmed Central published a study in which millions of Indians were found to be dependent on alcohol, cannabis and opiates. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Indian Ministry of Social Justice released a report stating that drug abuse is a pervasive phenomenon in Indian society.

Harmful effects of drugs on young people

Drugs are dangerous! But especially for young people. They grow and develop their brains until their mid-twenties. Drug use at a young age can interfere with the developmental process that occurs in the brain.

The National Library of Medicine has also revealed that drug abuse can affect young people’s decision-making ability. They can make risky decisions of criminal activity or dangerous driving. If a person starts using drugs at a very young age, their chances of becoming addicted increase. The use of drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, etc. can lead to health problems in adults like heart disease, high blood pressure and trouble sleeping.

The author of the report, Dr Rajat Ray, Director of the Center for Behavioral Sciences at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, said: “Just building treatment centers will not be enough and millions of users drugs in the community will need to be motivated, informed and encouraged to seek treatment. He added that currently India does not have a systematic national or local drug abuse monitoring protocol.

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