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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-165

Drug Abuse in Kashmir - Experience from a Psychiatric Diseases Hospital


1 Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Srinagar, India
2 Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Srinagar, India

Correspondence Address:
Mushtaq A Margoob
Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Srinagar
India
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Socio-demographic variables of IH9 out-patients with drug abuse who were registered at the Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases, Srinagar were studied. Most of the drug abusers were male, the majority (57.2%) being in the 26-35 age group. Cannabis was the commonest substance abused, followed by heroin. Cannabis abusers had the longest duration of drug use but the lowest rate of drug dependence (29.9%) and lowest rate of multiple drug abuse (6. 1%), whereas heroin abusers had the highest rate of drug dependence (88.8%) and highest rate of multiple drug abuse (83.4%). More than 50% of drug abusers had impairment in health and psycho social status. Problems with relatives or acquaintances led to treatment contact in about 62% of patients. Other socio-demographic variables such as marital, educational or occupational status did not reveal any significant difference.



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