Drug abuse is a complex problem that affects not only an individual but also the entire community. An effective strategy to counter this menace can be charted only after understanding the socio-economic profiles of the victims, says a study.
The study titled “Socio-demographic profile of male drug abusers residing in Mumbai” was published in the International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health. It was conducted with a sample group of 330 male drug users at three de-addiction centres, in Jogeshwari, Bandra and Borivli. According to the study, 35 per cent of the users were below the age of 29 while 27 per cent were aged between 30 and 39. Only 18 per cent were aged 40-49.
Majority of the subjects (53 per cent) were educated up to secondary school, 19 per cent illiterate and only 7 per cent graduates. Of the total subjects, 66 per cent were Muslims, 32 per cent Hindus and only 2 per cent Christians.
Almost 59 per cent of the subjects were married, 36 per cent unmarried, 4 per cent had separated from their life partners and 1 per cent were living-in.
Besides, 44 per cent of the subjects were earning their bread and butter for themselves and their families, 25 per cent were earning along with family members to sustain their families and 31 per cent subjects depended on their family members for their bread and butter.
Nearly 99 per cent of the subjects had used Brown sugar, 77 per cent had used Charas and 38 per cent had used ganja while only 1 per cent had used LSD, the study says.