New Delhi: A study to gauge the extent of drugs and substance abuse by children will be taken up across the country, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said Monday.The study, to be conducted by the NCPCR in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and 142 NGOs, will be the first of its kind to focus on children. The survey will take place in 100 cities across the country, and is expected to cover over 4,000 children."The commission is concerned about the prevalance of substance and drug abuse of children in the entire country," said NCPCR chairperson Shanta Sinha.According to Sanjay Gupta, executive director of the NGO Chetna, which is working to rehabilitate child-victims of drugs and substance abuse, children mostly used substances like whitener, otherwise used as correcting ink.
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