Punjab’s first drug de-addiction centre for women treats 55 patients in two months
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Punjab’s first drug de-addiction centre for women treats 55 patients in two months

The 15-bed centre currently has three patients admitted and over 10 patients are taking treatment through OPD. It has been learnt that all patients were addicted to ‘Chitta’, a synthetic intoxicant and were between 18 to 35 years of age.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2018 21:11 IST
Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
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De-addiction centre in-charge Dr Sandeep Bhola said the patients get addicted to the drug after they taste it from a friend or a family member. (HT Photo)

Nav-Kiran Kendra, the first government-run de-addiction centre for women has treated over 55 females, including 30 patients through out patient department (OPD) inpas two months. This centre was inaugurated by the state health minister Brahm Mohindra at the Kapurthala civil hospital on June 26.

The 15-bed centre currently has three patients admitted and over 10 patients are taking treatment through OPD. It has been learnt that all patients were addicted to ‘Chitta’, a synthetic intoxicant and were between 18 to 35 years of age.

De-addiction centre in-charge Dr Sandeep Bhola said the patients get addicted to the drug after they taste it from a friend or a family member.

He said a 24-year-old married woman got treatment last month. She said she started taking drugs for fun as her husband was also a drug addict but later it became a habit. Another patient, a college girl, was trapped in this menace under the influence of her boyfriend.

A 20-year-old nursing student of a private institute, who recently took treatment, said she took drugs in the hostel as her roommates were drug addicts as well.

She said it became a normal thing for her but it quickly started affecting her health and study due to which she confessed the addiction to her parents.

“Many women hide their addiction due to social stigma as their family members are not ready to disclose that they are addicts,” said another female addict.

As per the Punjab opioid dependence survey (PODS) survey conducted in the 2015, there were over 8,000 female opioid users in Punjab, who were addicted to drugs.

The survey states that the most common opioid drug used by addicts was heroin (reported by 53%), followed by opium/doda/phukki (reported by 33%) and others (14%).

Dr Bhola said earlier, many females were not willing to get treatment due to unavailability of women-friendly de-addiction facility in the state. They were dependent on their male partners for the treatment like they do for drugs. However, now females are coming to get rid of this menace.

The centre is equipped with CCTVs and free diet is provided to the patient. Special team for treatment, including a doctor and four staff nurses, are appointed for patients.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 21:10 IST