Substance Abuse on the Rise: Children Addicted To Inhalants

Bangalore: 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. 4000 children are affected by using such kinds of drugs, said a nationwide survey carried out by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), reported Ritika Chopra for DNA.

The incidence of drug abuse among children and adolescents is higher than the general masses. An Indian based NGO 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 NCPCR’s 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.

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