Indian Children Need Substance Abuse Class

by Mike Miller October 27, 2013

Is there anything coming out of India lately that has a positive spin? From taking American jobs to serious issues with drugs and alcohol, India certainly appears to be escaping the Third World only to fall victim to the vices that plague the planet’s top-tier nations.

As a counselor for both in-class and online drug awareness courses I am hyper-aware of the drug-related stories that happen all over the planet. As reported in www.siliconindia.com.

A recent study showed that there are thousands of children affected by inhalants. The primary source of these inhalants are school supplies. Stationary stores no longer serve only as a storehouse that provide all the essential amenities needed by school or college goers but turns out to be an indirect supplier of drugs in the form of whitener or correction fluids, adhesives and so on.

The incidence of drug abuse among children and adolescents is higher than the general masses. An Indian-based survey disclosed the fact that 63.6 percent of patients who came for treatment were victims of drug abuse at a young age of 15 years and below.

Children as young and tender as 12 years inhale fluid and substances like glue and correction fluid to get a firsthand experience of drugs as these are available legally in most of the stationary stores.

According to the survey, 35.1 percent kids are found with a history of substance abuse. It is especially wide spread among street children, working children and trafficked children.

Do you think mandatory drug classes in Indian school could help solve the problem? I appreciate hearing what you think.

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