AIIMS Report on Drug Use in Punjab

Here is the (summary of) AIIMS Report on Drug Use in Punjab

http://web.stanford.edu/~rm89/Punjab_AIIMS_Report.pdf

Main findings:

  1. Number of opioid users is about 8.6 lakh. This is 3.1% of the population, as opposed to the ridiculous 70% thrown around by Rahul Gandhi and random journalists.
  2. Percentage of “youth” (18-35 years old) who are opioid users: 15 percent.
  3. So what in the world was the 70% number? It is approximately the number of opioid users who are in the youth category (18-35 years old).
  4. Money spent on opioids by users: Rs 20 crore per day.

    I hate to spell this out, but all journalists reporting on this issue, remember this: The percentage of drug users who are “youth” is NOT the same thing as the percentage of “youth” who are drug users.

 

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About Raghu Mahajan

Physics PhD student at Stanford University: http://web.stanford.edu/~rm89/
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