Bhopal: Of the 127 districts across the country where a large number of children are addicted to drugs, 9 are of Madhya Pradesh. After 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh is the second state in the country where drug addiction amongst children is highest. In terms of number, out of every 10 children under the influence of addiction in the country, one is from Madhya Pradesh.
This has been revealed in the report of a survey conducted by Delhi-based AIIMS in the year 2018.
The number is growing
Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Neemuch Mandsaur, Ratlam, Jhabua and Rewa are included in the list of the districts where addiction among children is high. In these districts the addiction is to smell the intoxicating substance to get high. The number of such addicts has increased steadily in the last few years. The Social Justice Ministry has prepared a programme called ‘National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction’ for the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, which will last till 2023.
In this programme, the Central government has invited proposals from non-government organizations willing to work with the government. Under this programme two drug de-addiction centres are to be opened in every district. These centres will be named Outreach and Drop In Center (ODIC) where facilities of counseling and treatment will be available for the child drug addicts.
4.5 lakh children across the country are addicted inhalant abusers
The number of children under the age of 17 who are addicted to inhalant abuse which includes whitener solution used to repair punctures etc. is about 4.5 lakh. These children are found standing in groups in railway stations, bus stand, public parks, etc. In MP alone, 50 thousand children are inhalant abusers.
According to the survey report, 18 lakh adolescents of 10 to 17 years of age are suffering from addiction in the country and need immediate treatment. Inhalants abuse is most common among teens and young adults. Some see the practice as less harmful than other drugs, but everyday chemicals can be dangerous and deadly when used to get high.