Ashruti Bhatt1*, Akanksha Singh1, Sonam Bhatia2 and Piyush Ranjan Singh3
1Department of Public Health, Shalom Institute of Health and Allied Sciences, SHUATS, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shalom Institute of Health and Allied Sciences, SHUATS, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
3State Bank of India, Uttar Pradesh, India
*Corresponding Author:Ashrut Bhatt, Department of Public Health, Shalom Institute of Health and Allied Sciences, SHUATS, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Received: October 30, 2021; Published: March 29, 2022
This is preliminary study of socio-demographic distinctiveness and pattern of drug abuse in holy city Haridwar in northern India. Clinico-statistical examination of 296 drug users among various respondents in Haridwar district from 1stJanuary to 31stMarch 2019 in an Opium Substitution therapy (O.S.T) Centre was performed based on predesigned and structured interview schedule for data collection. In present study, it was observed that majority of drug abusers were from lower socio- economic class; 34.8% respondents aged between 20 - 25 years of age; 99% were male; 67.9% belonged from a nuclear family. In terms of education, major drug abusers (34.5%) were educated up to higher secondary. Out of the total respondents, 73.3%were residing in urban area and among drug abusers 41.6% are financially part-time employed; have the average monthly income of 10,000. Among abusers population alcohol intake was found to be highest (20%) followed by abuse by cannabis products (18%). The main objective of this study was to monitor the effects of Socio-economic status (SEC) on the prevalence of drug abusers during that time. The study revealed that respondents with different (SEC) background approached drug consumption depending upon their financial status; respondents with lower SEC were found to be abusing drugs which are majorly seen to be varying among youths. Drug user’s prevalence also altered with the geographical aspect and the educational qualification of the individual.
Keywords:Socio- Demographic; Drug Abuse; Opium Substitution Treatment; Socio-Economic Status
Citation: Ashrut Bhatt., et al. “A Socio- Demographic Profile and a Pattern of Drug Abuse among Youths in Haridwar District, Uttarakhand, India".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 6.4 (2022): 161-169.
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