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Kartik Singh
Episcopal High School

Singh, Kartik. "ADDICTION, EDUCATION, PSYCHE -- STUDYING THE NEED FOR HOLISTIC DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 10, Oct. 2019, pp. 6460-6468, Accessed Oct. 2019.
Singh, K. (2019, October). ADDICTION, EDUCATION, PSYCHE -- STUDYING THE NEED FOR HOLISTIC DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION IN INDIA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(10), 6460-6468. Retrieved from
Singh, Kartik. "ADDICTION, EDUCATION, PSYCHE -- STUDYING THE NEED FOR HOLISTIC DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 10 (October 2019), 6460-6468. Accessed October, 2019.


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Drug abuse is an epidemic that has been deeply pervasive in Indian society. It has been found through studies that adolescents and children are at a high risk of succumbing to drug addiction and subsequent medical issues and mental illness. It is crucial therefore, to develop holistic drug and alcohol education programmes in India, with a view to prevent such abuse before it begins, and intervene at the appropriate times for such adolescents who are already vulnerable to the same. Policy in India must incorporate the findings from research globally, as it has been largely focused only on fear based deterrence tactics, and drug education that seeks promises of abstinence. However, these approaches have been identified to be ineffective, counter productive, and capable of encouraging drug usage. With the changing social morality across the world and the legalization of certain drugs such as marijuana, it is important to revisit the issue of drug education in India and create holistic programmes for the needs of students, and various other sections of society. This paper will address the theories and evidence from studies on drug education programmes, and pose policy recommendations for Indian educators and the government, to better implement these programmes in schools.