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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 331-335

Drug abuse in North Kashmir – An experience from a drug de-addiction center

1 Department of Community Medicine, Armed Forces Medical Services, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Armed Forces Medical Services, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical Services, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_252_21

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Background: The history of substance abuse is as old as mankind itself. Easy transit of drugs across the state of Jammu and Kashmir is facilitated due to its geographical location. Materials and Methods: A descriptive study was carried out among individuals with substance use disorders in a de-addiction center in Northern Kashmir from August 2017 to July 2018. The study sample included all patients with substance use disorders attending the de-addiction center. Inclusion criteria: Individuals using substances attending the de-addiction center where the study was carried out were included in the study. Exclusion criteria: Individuals using substances attending the de-addiction center and not willing to participate were excluded from the study. A semi-structured pretested questionnaire was utilized as the study tool. Excel sheet and SPSS version 23 were used for data analysis. Ethical approval was obtained from the institutional ethical committee. Results: The mean (SD) age of patients was 29.58 years (8.8) ranging from 10 to 62 years and all were males. The commonest age of onset for substance use was between 11 and 20 years (56%). Nicotine abuse was the most common substance in our study. Peer pressure (52.8%) was the most common reason for drug dependence, followed by relief from negative symptoms on abstinence (29.6%). Conclusion: There is a worrying trend of the early age of initiation into substance use disorders. Since more youth are becoming engaged in substance use, it is important to evolve and apply preventive, curative, and rehabilitative strategies before it is too late.

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