Posted by: sneha03 | March 7, 2008

Drug addiction among children – A new hazard.

Ever seen a bunch of fidgety teenagers with dirty, tattered clothes huddled in roadside corners, railway platforms, or bridges staring at you with an expression of longingness in their eyes? I am sure you must have several times. What do you think they wish for when they look at you with those teary eyes? Not your benevolence of course but something they can use, to get satisfaction.
Now how do you define satisfaction? Satisfaction here can range from food, clothes or even drugs. Not only these roadside teenagers but the menace of drugs has spread through all classes and all age groups of our society. Let me explain this with an example. The backyard of public toilets of Seelampur, one of the poorest areas of Delhi which is often in news because of poverty, violence or abuse cases is crammed with drug addicts, most of them young boys the so called futures of our bright India. The youngest among them is a 15 year old boy who is almost in tears when he speaks about how he used to pick pocket and snatch money in order to buy drugs. These young men even demand money for answering your questions or getting photographed.
How does a person get entangled in this web of never ending suffering and pain? Many youngsters perceive it as an “in thing” or a passing fad. Some want to overcome a mental tension, in some cases it is the lack of parental care and excessive flow of money in the hands of children. The probability of drugs becoming habit forming is most in teenagers who try it to appear cool and end up in a quagmire. Not only is this seriously hazardous but trying to quit it is another nightmare. Drugs might range from being pretty affordable to shockingly expensive. Marijuana, which resembles dried herbs or tea, is easily available and not expensive. Still others are extremely poisonous and can damage liver and heart. Still others which are very common amongst youngsters are smoking, drinking and even taking sleeping pills. Even parents sometimes take their kids very lightly when they start smoking or drinking.
The use of drugs can actually be traced from centuries. Opium was used in ancient Egypt to reduce pain, Morphine is still used by some for pain relief. Apart from this tobacco and alcohol have been used from ancient times.
Now we are left with the thought that who is to be blamed for this misdemeanor? The parents of these kids, the society to some extent or we as individuals for turning a blind eye to towards them? At present there are a few institutions working for the rehabilitation of drug addicts. One of them, National Institute on Drug Abuse uses scientific methods to try and reduce early use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
Finally I finish off by asking everyone don’t we as responsible citizens have any onus to help our friends from playing with their lives? Why are we giving them a world they can do without? And if we are, what are we doing to stop it? I know I am not. But with this article I am making an effort and I sincerely urge you all to look at what a little negligence can do to our lives and the lives of the people around us.



  1. thought provoking !! to be candid the biggest problem is our tendency to avoid talking about issues like this AND/OR to hide it from people when somebody you know is an addict, for example!! We have got to get over this feeling of embarassment and make a conscious effort to bring drug addiction down. Clothes are disposable, your gadgets are disposable – but people are NOT !!

  2. As the director of Novus Medical Detox, I daily see the ravages caused by prescription drug addiction created by doctors prescribing it to their patients and then the patients either continuing to obtain it or purchasing these drugs on the internet or the street. Probably the worst of these drugs is OxyContin–legal heroin.

    However, we also see many teens who began using prescription drugs when they were 12-14. These drugs were not prescribed but taken from medicine cabinets or off bedside tables. They then became addicted. Most have many friends who overdosed on prescription drugs.

    Prescription drug addiction is an epidemic and we must do everything we can to stop it before it overwhelms us. Education is a must.

    Steve Hayes

  3. counselling and control over child labour are the starting steps for the check on the problem

  4. wow.. i used to be a peer councilor certifined by vimhans Nero psychiatric hospital one apon a tym…
    good artical..
    but u shud know that the problem strats from the availability….of the drugs..
    other wiz the money wud hav been spent more wizely in the frst palce…
    try askin the kids in the parkin lot!

  5. thanks much, bro

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