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MEDICINE AND SOCIETY
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 224-229

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


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

Correspondence Address:
Anju Dhawan
Department of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-258X.218679

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.


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