HAshruti 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: Ashruti Bhatt, Department of Public Health, Shalom Institute of Health and Allied Sciences, SHUATS, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Received: March 30, 2022; Published: July 12, 2022
Introduction: This is preliminary study to identify the pattern of type, rate and mode of drug abuse among youths in the holy city of Haridwar in northern India.
Objective: To identify the pattern of type, rate and mode of drug abuse.
Material and Methodology: Clinico-statistical examination of 296 drug users was conducted among various respondents in Haridwar district from 1st January to 31st March 2019 in an O.S.T (Opium Substitution therapy) Center. It was conducted based on predesigned- pretested and structured interview schedule for data collection.
Results: In present study, it was observed that majority 35.10% of drug abusers started taking drugs before the age of 15, 50.70% respondents reported friends to be the first-time companion while abusing drugs, 45.90% of the abusers consumed drugs more than once a day with the maximum 59.50% of rate between 1- 10gm; 35% of the respondents consumed drugs via injectable increasing the exposure towards the infectious surrounding. Among abusers population alcohol was maximum rated in terms of knowledge with 16.3% and in terms of drug consumption with 20.5%.
Conclusion: The study crucially denoted that the drug use consumption among the respondents starts from a young age.
Recommendations: Creating knowledge and awareness about the harmful effects of drugs among the youth is important. Sanitizing is the key to problem not stigmatization.
Keywords: Rate; Type; Mode; Drug Abuse; Opium Substitution Treatment
Citation: Ashruti Bhatt., et al. “Identifying the Pattern- Type, Rate and Mode of Drug Abuse among Youth in Haridwar District, Uttarakhand, India".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 6.8 (2022): 77-82.
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