Advertisement
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

What Percentage Of Punjab Youth Is Addicted To Drugs?

What Percentage Of Punjab Youth Is Addicted To Drugs?
What Percentage Of Punjab Youth Is Addicted To Drugs?
outlookindia.com
1970-01-01T05:30:00+05:30

Rahul Gandhi said 7 out of 10 or 70% yesterday during his visit to Punjab

Chander Suta Dogra reported in January last year:

Although there has been no comprehensive study yet to determine the number of drug addicts in the state, a couple of surveys conducted by the state health department has thrown up the fearsome estimate that between 50 per cent to 60 per cent of young people between the ages of 16 and 35 are addicted to drugs...

A recent study by Dr Ravinder Sandhu of Guru Nanak Dev University shows that the incidence of such crimes in Punjab is nine times the national average. Between 1999 and 2008 (the years when Punjab was recovering from the aftermath of terrorism), such crimes registered a staggering 245 per cent increase. Punjab became the state with the highest number of narcotics-related crimes, surpassing Mizoram which earlier held this dubious distinction.

But, is there an accurate estimate? Guru Nanak Dev University sociologist Ranvinder Sandhu, told Jason Overdorf of the Global Post in May this year, no one really knows. Jason Overdorf wrote:

nobody knows how many of the state's young people are addicts. But the problem is bad enough that when a series of newspaper articles misquoted a study conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University sociologist Ranvinder Sandhu that claimed nearly three-quarters of Punjab's 16- to 35-year olds were addicted to drugs, hardly anybody batted an eye.

“As far as the extent of the problem is concerned, no study has been done,” Sandhu said in a telephone interview with GlobalPost. “There are many articles which are misquoting my study, saying that 73.5 percent of youth is hooked to drugs in Punjab. That is wrong. I studied a sample of 600 addicts, and among them I found that the majority were from 16-35 years of age. That is the 73.5 percent.”

This is perhaps what accounts for Rahul Gandhi's figure.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

More from

Read More from Outlook

Crude Shock Awaits Centre’s Economic Planning Ahead Of Key State Elections In 2022

Crude Shock Awaits Centre’s Economic Planning Ahead Of Key State Elections In 2022

Goldman Sachs has raised its forecast for Brent crude oil prices to $90 per barrel from $80 by year-end. The forecast has been revised due to faster fuel demand recovery.

'No Shave': Taliban's Diktat To Barbers In Afghanistan Province

'No Shave': Taliban's Diktat To Barbers In Afghanistan Province

The order in Helmand province was issued by the provincial Taliban government's vice and virtue department to barbers in Lashkar Gah.

Sanju Samson Blames Poor Strike Rate For RR Loss Vs SRH

Sanju Samson Blames Poor Strike Rate For RR Loss Vs SRH

Sanju Samson said Rajasthan Royals were 10-20 runs short since no boundaries were scored off the last 17 balls versus Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL 2021 match in Dubai.

Among 12 Foreign Terrorist Organisations In Pak, 5 Terror Groups India Centric: Report

Among 12 Foreign Terrorist Organisations In Pak, 5 Terror Groups India Centric: Report

According to latest Congressional Research Service report, among the foreign terror groups in Pakistan, five groups including LeT and Jaish are India centric.

Advertisement