Number of opioid dependent individuals on which the profiling is based and is part of a survey called the ‘Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey’ (PODS). It was jointly conducted by the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses and the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre of AIIMS.
districts of Punjab where the survey was conducted: Bathinda, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Moga, Patiala, Sangrur, Tarn Taran.
of the opioid dependent individuals surveyed in Punjab are in the age group of 18 to 35 years.
are literate and have some degree of formal education.
are employed and their major occupations are: Unskilled worker / labourer (27%); Farmer (21%); clerical jobs / businessmen (15%); Transport worker (14%) and skilled worker (13%).
belong to rural areas and almost all (99%) report Punjabi as their mother tongue.