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9 Alarming Things You Should Know About Punjab's Drug Crisis

Since politicians and censors won't let us watch Udta Punjab, share the hell out of this for now.

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1. In 2009, Punjab's average of drug abuse among youth was 51.6%. The national average was 2.8% — 18 times less.

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2. This year, a study by AIIMS found that drugs worth ₹7,500 crore are consumed in Punjab annually.

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3. ₹6,500 crore of this is spent on heroin.

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4. 76% of drug addicts are between the ages of 18-35.

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5. The prevalence of HIV among injection-based drug users in Punjab is 21.10%.

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6. 8.6 lakh people are opioid users. 1,23,414 are heroin-dependent.

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7. 45% of all convicts in Indian jails on drug-related charges are from Punjab.

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8. According to a 2009 survey, 67% of Punjab's rural population was found to have a drug addict per family.

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9. The survey also noted that every third male and every tenth female student has used drugs, and that seven out of 10 college students use some kind of drug.

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