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india Updated: Aug 11, 2009 00:23 IST

A teen addicted to snakebites

Naveen (17)

Naveen, a Class 12 student studying in Turkey, came to NARC during holidays with an addiction to snakebites. He was highly intoxicated and exhibited unusual withdrawal symptoms. He left five days later, unable to stand the withdrawals, said Dr Shanti Nair.

Popping pills to be awake for studies

Kiran (23)

Kiran is addicted to sedatives and anti-depressants since he was 16. A bright student, he didn’t want to sleep at night because he wanted to study for his SSC exam and started taking anti-depressants that would help him stay awake. He got 75 per cent marks, but got addicted to the pills. His dependence on anti-depressants went up. After attempts at rehab, he is still addicted. He resorted to crime to fund his addiction and has several cases of robbery against him.

Hooked to pharma drugs like his uncle

Gulshan (20)

Gulshan came to NARC in May this year as he was addicted to cough syrup and sedatives. His uncle was a medical representative and that gave him access to several sedatives. His uncle is also addicted. Gulshan’s mother managed to separate him from his uncle and brought him for rehab. But he was unable to stick through the rigours of rehabilitation and is still misusing pharmaceutical drugs. Repeated attempts by NARC to contact the family have proved futile.

(Names changed to protect identities) (Source: NARC)