Press Meet | Aamir Khan | Event Uncut – Aamir Khan addressed a press conference to announce the beginning of the shoot of his film ‘Dangal’ at Hotel Radisson Blu in Ludhiana in Punjab.

Amir Khan expressed his concerns of the major drug problem in Punjab. He said, “The issue was covered in the show Satyamev Vijayate and solutions need to be found for the epidemic.”

Drug Abuse Statistics for Punjab

The extent of drug addiction in Punjab is alarming. Near border areas the rate of heroin abuse among 15 to 25 year olds is as high as 75% – the percentage is 73% in other rural areas throughout the region. A Department of Social Security Development of Women and Children suggested that as many as 67% of rural households in Punjab will have at least one drug addict in the family. There is at least one death due to drug overdose each week in the region.

Types of Drugs Being Abused in Punjab
The recreational drugs that users in Punjab are most likely to us include:

* Bhuki is similar to a type of wild grass that can be found throughout Punjab. It is possible to get a mild intoxicating effect from Bhuki, and it is considered a gateway drug because it encourages young people to begin experimenting.
* Heroin addiction is getting the most attention in the media. It is believed that this narcotic is flooding in from Afghanistan via Pakistan.
* Opium and morphine are other types of opiate that are commonly abused.
* Many brands of toothpaste in the region contain nicotine. There are reports of people consuming excessive amounts of toothpaste because it is a relatively cheap way to experience nicotine high.

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