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Natl Med J India. 2017 Jul-Aug;30(4):224-229. doi: 10.4103/0970-258X.218679.

Pattern and profile of children using substances in India: Insights and recommendations.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029, India.
2
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), India and Working Group on Substance Abuse among Children, New Delhi, India.
3
Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

India has one of the largest proportion of children and adolescents in the world, but the threat posed by child substance use remains under-researched. Only recently a large study, the first of its kind in India, was carried out with a sample of nearly 4000 children using substances (school-going, out-of-school as well as street children) across more than a hundred cities/towns. We discuss (i) the existing knowledge on the prevalence of child substance abuse in India; (ii) perspectives and insights gained from the recent nation-wide study on its pattern and profile; and (iii) recommendations for substance use prevention and treatment among children in the Indian context. A multipronged approach involving all stakeholders is required to address the issues of prevention and treatment.

PMID:
29162759
DOI:
10.4103/0970-258X.218679
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