In Kashmir, substance abuse among youth

18
Drugs, Kashmir drugs, Drugs in Kashmir, kashmir narcotics, kashmiri charas
Illustration by Anis Wani for The Kashmir Walla
In recent years, Kashmir has seen an alarming rise in substance use disorder among youth. At Kashmir’s largest psychiatry hospital, the Institute of Medical Health and Neuroscience (IMHANS), admits about two to five patients every day — a majority among them are fighting with heroin addiction.
 
One of the largest de-addiction centers in Kashmir also registered a drastic spike in the footfall at its Out Patient Department (OPD) in the last three years. From April 2016 and March 2017, 489 patients visited its OPD, while it rose to 3,622 in the next 12 months — and then to 5,113 in the 12 months after that.
 
Earlier, The Kashmir Walla reported how since the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in Kashmir in March 202 — to curb the spread of the virus — several rehabilitation centers shut too, giving a rise to the replaces among the addicts.
 
In the latest podcast, Sarwat Javaid spoke with a substance disorder patient and a resident doctor at the Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (IMHANS), Dr. Marya Zahoor, to understand the scenario as the situation unfolds.

The Kashmir Walla needs you, urgently. Only you can do it.

We have always come to you for help: The Kashmir Walla is battling at multiple fronts — and if you don’t act now, it would be too late. 2020 was a year like no other and we walked into it already battered. The freedom of the press in Kashmir was touching new lows as the entire population was gradually coming out of one of the longest communication blackouts in the world.

We are not a big organization. A few thousand rupees from each one of you would make a huge difference.

The Kashmir Walla plans to extensively and honestly cover — break, report, and analyze — everything that matters to you. You can help us.

Choose a plan as per your location