Lecturer cum Incharge
Deptt. Of Home Science
Bareilly College ,
Bareilly ( U.P.)
Adolescent drug use is a reality in most schools. Sadly, as it is, this kind if social evil has driven more and more youngsters to nowhere but cruelty and crime. It is very important to point out the causes that lead to this problem; some of them can be low esteem, lacks of parental attention and influence of bad friends.
To begin with, teens often start using drugs because of low esteem. This is partly a psychological matter since teens are especially sensitive during adolescence. At this very period, they are too old to be children and too young to be adults. This is notably because youth is a time for experimenting and identity forming. There are times when teens feel so perplexed and bewildered to act properly or have no idea on how to act. As a result many of them take refuge in drugs, thinking that this is a way to reduce tension, worries and above all, to enhance pleasure. Teens with some problems like broken family, abusive and violent parents are more likely to be indulged with drugs. Simply enough, drugs help them to escape reality, in fact the dreadful reality as they may think.
Another reason for drug abuse is obviously the lack of parental attention. Mostly, both parents work outside the home. They hardly have much time, if any, to pay attention to their children’s needs. Therefore, improperly guided by parents, teens are easily misled.
In India an N G O survey revealed that 63.6% of patients coming in for treatment were introduced to drugs at a young age below 18. The problem in India is there are no sensitization programs about drug abuse in schools or for children out of school or for children out of school. India does not have a substance abuse policy. There is also a high incidence of charging children under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance ( N D P S ) Act...