Ganja most used drug among teenagers in Kerala, reveals Excise dept survey

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a shocking revelation, a survey conducted by the Excise Department revealed that most teenagers with substance abuse first started using drugs between the age of 10 to 15.

The survey also found that ganja is the drug most used by teenagers. It was also noted that many teenagers shifted to ganja after started smoking.

Further, the majority of the victims started using drugs out of curiosity. 79% of the respondents acquired their first drug from friends.

70% of respondents first used drugs between the ages of 10 and 15. 20% started using the drugs between the ages of 15 and 19. 9% started drug use when they were below the age of 10. The vast majority (80%) of respondents used drugs in the presence of their friends.

The excise department conducted a study among 600 individuals caught in drug cases and is undergoing treatment at Vimukthi's de-addiction centres and counselling centres.

Ganja was the drug used by the majority who attended the excise survey, accounting for 82% of drug use. Meanwhile, 75.66% are smokers, 64.66% use alcohol, and 25.5% use pills.

Further, smoking was the first intoxicant for 78.1% of the respondents, alcohol for 36.66%, and ganja for 16.33%.

The Excise Department said that the findings of this survey might not be a complete picture of society, but it provides some direction on drug use among teenagers.

Sociologist Vinu Vijayan and psychologist Reeja Rajan of EXICE led the study. There were a total of 20 questions in the survey.

Meantime, a detailed study will be conducted among the public on the subject with the help of SPC cadets. The cadets will collect data collection one lakh people.

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