50% drug users in Nagaland are IDU: Report

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 23:40

Kohima: At least 50 per cent drug addicts in
Nagaland are injecting drugs users (IDU) and vulnerable to
HIV/AIDS transmission, the latest report compiled by an NGO
has revealed.

Nagaland, which has an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 drug
users, has the fifth highest number of them in the country,
the report compiled by Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre, Dimapur,
said.
According to the report, which is based on studies
conducted by government agencies including NACO and NGOs in
2009, out of 35,000 to 40,000 drug users, 18,000 to 20,000 are
injecting drug users and exchange of needles among them is one
of the major routes of HIV/AIDS transmission.

These findings presented at `Convergence Workshop on Drug
Abuse Prevention` at Dimapur yesterday called for a
coordinated and concerted effort from all stakeholders to
tackle the problem of drug abuse in Nagaland.
The workshop sponsored by National Institute of Social
Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in
collaboration with Regional Resource and Training Center,
North East-II was attended by various NGOs, field based
organisations and educational institutions.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 23:40

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