Drug abuse is not a new thing in India but something that is even worse – child drug abuse. In order to put a halt to this practice in this country, the Supreme Court has ordered the Central government to conduct a survey throughout the nation and create a database which will reflect the drug abuse by children.

 

The Apex Court stated that the biggest challenge in India right now is to protect children from substance abuse.

 

Chief Justice T S Thakur also ordered the Centre to formulate a national plan to take care of this children drug abuse situation. Also the Chief Justice has given them a time limit of four months.

 

A part of the 21-page statement said,”India is home to the largest child population in the world with over forty-four crore children, according to the census of 2011. They constitute a vulnerable age group for social, educational, moral and physical development. Protecting children from wide-spread prevalence of substance abuse is one of the biggest policy challenges facing India.”

 

A latest health Ministry survey revealed that boys between the age of 15 and 19, 28.6% used tobacco and 15% were addicted to alcohol. And among the girls aged 15 and 19, 5.5% used tobacco while 4% were addicted to alcohol.