Drug Abuse in Punjab, India

State officials in the India state of Punjab estimate that over 50 percent of the state’s citizens between the age of 18 to 35 abuse illegal drugs on a regular basis. The drug users abuse various types of drugs, ranging from heroin to prescription drugs.

In comparison, the world’s rate of illegal drug abuse is 4.8 percent for people ages 18 to 65, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Source:  Sara Sidner and Harmeet Shah Singh, “Heroin horror stalks India’s most remote villages,” CNN, March 8, 2012.