Profile of Opioid Dependent Individuals in Punjab

Last Modified: Wed Jun 08 2016 08:31:49 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 3,620
    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.
  • 10
    districts of Punjab where the survey was conducted: Bathinda, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Moga, Patiala, Sangrur, Tarn Taran.
  • 76%
    of the opioid dependent individuals surveyed in Punjab are in the age group of 18 to 35 years.
  • 99%
    are male.
  • 54%
    are married.
  • 89%
    are literate and have some degree of formal education.
  • 83%
    are employed and their major occupations are: Unskilled worker / labourer (27%); Farmer (21%); clerical jobs / businessmen (15%); Transport worker (14%) and skilled worker (13%).
  • 56%
    belong to rural areas and almost all (99%) report Punjabi as their mother tongue.