Intravenous Drug Usage (IDU) drastically increasing, North East India

Youth aged between 15 and 20 years in several north-eastern states, especially in Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland are increasingly get addicted to the trend of Intravenous Drug Usage. It also contributes to the increase in HIV/AIDS among them due to sharing the syringe. Tripura state AIDS Control Society`s Project Director Phanindra Kumar Majumder told reporters, "The IDU or the HIV/AIDS prevalence are now a major public health problem instead of a simple health issue. To check the rapidly rising trend, we are robustly working with other 11 departments of Tripura government, including Education, Social Education and Welfare, Sports. Police". 

The Excise and Narcotics Department officials from Mizoram, has informed that nearly 1,645 people have died of drug abuse in the state since 1984, reported of the first case. Narcotics Officials said the drugs were smuggled from Myanmar, the country shares 1,643 km of unfenced border with four north-eastern states Mizoram (510 km), Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km) and Nagaland (215 km). A 100 page study report submitted to the state AIDS Control Society informs the drugs and substance abuse problem in Mizo society probably started of international drug trafficking. Methamphetamine tablets (also called Yaba tablet or party tablet) is been misused as high-dosage drugs in Bangladesh and neighbouring countries. 

The geographical location of Mizoram, shares two long international borders one with Myanmar and other the "Golden Triangle" in the east and with Bangladesh in the west facilitates easy route for trafficking of heroin. The 100 page report said before 1978 the social evil like drug addiction were not known much, or can be said no such problem exist. In 1984, first death due to verdose of heroin injection was witnessed. From that, there was a substantial rise in the growth of substance abuse population and heroin, Proxyvon, cough syrup, sedatives, Nitrozepam and volatile are the preferred drugs of choice. 

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