Today, Alcohol and Drug addiction is a very common problem faced by the youth in society. People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. People who experiment with drugs continue to use them because the substance either makes them feel good, or stops them from feeling bad. In many cases, however, there is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse and addiction. Very few addicts are able to recognize when they have crossed that line.
Youth is the future of the country and they are the ones who are more prone to drug abuse. Today, children between 16-20 years of age are taking alcohol and drugs even when they are not legally allowed to consume these things. By consuming drugs children are not only spoiling their health but also their career, life and family is affected by this. There are many laws for prevention of drug abuse but no strictness is given on those laws. A 16 year old child is able to consume alcohol or drugs just because it is in their reach. If these things are kept out of their reach then how will they consume that?
The problem in India is that there are no sensitization programmes about drug abuse in schools or for children out of school. We do not have a substance abuse policy. There is also a high incidence of charging children under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. Children who at times done have access to high quality drugs will use volatile substances easily found in corner stores such as cough syrups, pain relief ointments, glue, paint, gasoline and cleaning fluids. There are very few to no health centers that deal with child substance abuse problems, especially in the rural areas. The use of tobacco is another major concern amongst children. In India 20 million children a year and nearly 55,000 children a day are drawn into a tobacco addition.
The use of certain drugs such as whitener, alcohol, tobacco, hard and soft drugs is especially wide spread among street children, working children and trafficked children.
At this age, it is very easy to get attracted towards drugs but once we get addicted to it, we loose our control and then we do not understand the difference between right or wrong and feel helpless. We know that we are spoiling our lives but we still keep on consuming it as we are addicted and when we don’t get our dose on time we start feeling uneasy and become restless and feel like there is no way out of this darkness. We know what we are doing is wrong and that’s why we don’t share it with elders or try to get help to get rid of it as we are fearful and scared that how will elders react to it.
Our one wrong step and one little attraction makes us do a number of mistakes in which we get trapped.
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