PTP News Bytes – Feb 25 2019 – Suicide, Addictions

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PTP News Bytes – Feb 25 2019 – Suicide, Addictions

February 25, 2019.

India has the highest suicide rate among people aged between 15 and 29

Citing the WHO report on suicides, The Deccan Chronicle reported on Monday that India has the highest suicide rate among people aged between 15 and 29.

Here are some of the excerpts from the article –

  • ‘Painless death’ is the most searched topic on the internet, according to psychologists.
  • Suicides are not just emotive and impulsive, but also carefully planned.
  • These deaths are the result of poor relationships with parents, excessive expectations, the feeling of being unwanted and poor understanding of peer or romantic relationships.
  • Better awareness and helpline services should be made available to all.  
  • Relatives or friends should keep a close watch on people who show signs of suicide and help them out of their depression.
  • Child psychologists reveal that children as young as six say they feel stressed, and that pushing them to excel in anything they do is not conducive to good health.

The Hyderabad Lake police have prevented 336 suicides in 2018

The Lake police, that keeps a watchful eye over the Hussainsagar lake in Hyderabad, (popularly known by its embankment – Tank Bund) has claimed to have prevented over 336 lives in 2018 alone. The lake, which is a popular tourist destination and family recreation spot had also earned the unenviable distinction of being a suicide destination in the city.

The police had identified a couple of hot spots around the lake where people found it easier to take the plunge into the water body and had stepped up their vigil ever since. The lake police were not only able to avert these incidents but have also counselled them and sent them back to their families.


National survey throws alarming statistics of addiction to substances

A survey conducted by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi has revealed alarming statistics on the growing incidences of addiction to substances in India, with a large number of children being addicted to inhalants.

Some of the excerpts of the report are as follows –

  • About 5.7 crore people in the country suffered from alcohol related problems.
  • More than four lakh children and 1.8 million adults needed help for inhalant abuse and dependence
  • Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh have emerged front runners in alcohol abuse and health complications arising due to the addition.
  • 3.1 crore individuals consumed cannabis, with 72 lakh of them needing help for cannabis use problems.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Odisha registered maximum cannabis dependence.
  • The most common opioid used was heroin. The current use of heroin was 1.14%, followed by pharmaceutical opioids (0.96%) and opium (0.52%).
  • The opioid abuse was found most prevalent in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

The Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment maintained that a national guideline would be formulated after detailed consultation with all stakeholders to counter the drug menace in the country.

Click here to access the report.


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