AIIMS Report Provides Solid Ground for ‘Udta Punjab’ Release
The timing of the report couldn’t be more apt, as it comes in the middle of the raging controversy on ‘Utda Punjab’.
A report by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi claims that 1.2 percent of Punjab’s adult population is drug dependent as opposed to the 2010 global average of 0.2 percent, reports The Times of India.
In the middle of the raging controversy over the Censor Board’s heavy censorship of Utda Punjab, a film that deals with the issue of drug addiction in the state, the 2015 report gains significance.
The study titled Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey: Estimation of the Size of Opioid Dependent Population in Punjab has claimed that the drug problem in the state is spreading mainly due to “peer pressure”.
The report claims that the Punjab government is not doing much to help the addicts, with drug lords on the loose and inadequate help or de-addiction centres. In such conditions, heroin injection is gaining popularity among the drug-dependent youth of the state.
Seventy-six percent of the people who participated in the survey are in the 18-35 age group.
The report is a damning indication of the fact that the drug problem in Punjab is just too big to ignore. But as the stance of the Censor Board and comments from Punjab government leaders show, the powers-that-be are still in denial mode.
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