Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Drug addiction higher in rural Punjab: Study

Punjab has a high incidence of drug abuse in the 16 to 35 age group with the problem more acute in the rural areas where unemployment is rampant, according to a study. The report, Drug Addiction in Punjab: A Sociological Study, released by Punjab Governor SF Rodrigues in Amritsar on Saturday, said an increasing number of youth in the villages of Punjab were taking to drugs like smack (brown sugar). The study -- which surveyed urban and rural youth, both illiterate and educated, between the ages of 16 and 35 -- said the intake of drugs was higher among rural youth primarily due to unemployment in those areas. It attributed the high levels of addiction to poverty, lack of awareness and easy availability of drugs and pointed out that government service among other factors reduced the chances of addiction.

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