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JK has nearly 10 lakh drug addicts: GoI

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Used syringes lay on the dusty floor in an abandoned house in Kashmir which junkies have overtook as their drug den. [FPK File Photo/Mir Yasir Mukhtar]

Srinagar: In Jammu and Kashmir, there are nearly 10 lakh drug addicts, as per the National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment India through National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi.

The data was revealed after National Conference Member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi in Lokh Saba sought details of total number of suspected drug-addicts in the union territory.

1,08000 males and 36,000 females were found using cannabis while 5,34,000 males and 8,000 females were found in the dragnet of opioids and 1,60,000 males and 8,000 females were found using sedatives of different kinds, as reported by Daily Excelsior.

Likewise, 1,27,000 males and 7,000 females were noticed using inhalants and large number of males and females were addicts of cocaine, Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) and Hallucinogens, the ministry informed the parliament, the report said.

However, reports suggest that the numbers might be much more than the figures pointed out by the ministry.

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