Alcohol is the most used psychoactive substance in Assam and cocaine the least, according to a survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The report, which was recently published, states that 8.8% of the State’s population between 10 and 75 years–which is 27 lakh people–use alcohol. Nationally, about 14.6% of the population in the same age group use alcohol.
States that show high consumption of alcohol are Chhattisgarh (35.6%), Tripura (34.7%), Punjab (28.5%), Arunachal Pradesh (28%) and Goa (28%). Assam is among the top 10 states, with more people in need of help for cannabis-related problems, which is stated to be 1.9 lakh. In Assam, opioid users constitute 2.91% of the population, which is higher than the national prevalence.
The report also stated that a very small proportion of Indians are estimated to be current users of cocaine (0.18% of men and 0.01% of women), there are about 10.7 lakh current users of cocaine in the country. In Assam, 0.01% of the population has been found to be cocaine users. Assam has 17,466 PWIDs (people who inject drugs) against the national figure of 8,54,296. Manipur (34,344) and Nagaland (33,888) are also among the top states with a high number of PWIDs.