'Udta India': How High Is The Country?
The death of young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has stirred up a debate on drug consumption in the country. According to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment 2018 data, 31 million people in the country are reported to have consumed a cannabis product, of which 2 million are minors aged between 10 and 17 years. Similarly, 25 million people consume opium, of which 4 million are minors. The number of people who eat sleeping pills is 13 million and among them 2 million are minors. Nearly 9 million people are addicted to whitener fluid, of which 3 million are minors. Around 1.2 million people consume one of the most expensive drugs, cocaine, and among them 2 lakh are children. This shows that a large population of the country is in the grip of intoxication, but no steps on how they can be pulled out of the addiction.