Here is the (summary of) AIIMS Report on Drug Use in Punjab
- 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.
- Percentage of “youth” (18-35 years old) who are opioid users: 15 percent.
- 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).
- 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.