‘Most women into drug abuse are housewives in age group of 41-50 yrs’

Muktangan statistics show 55.76 pc married women into drug abuse as compared to 20.44 pc single women

Housewives in the age of 41-50 years are more into drug abuse according to the statistics released by Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre at an event.

As part of the event, five Australian women from the Alcoholic Anonymous group interacted with women drug addicts undergoing treatment at Nishigandha, a special ward dedicated to treat women at the centre.

Sharing the statistics, centre's officials said most of the women who took to addiction after being introduced to it by their husbands stood at 56.66 per cent while 43.33 per cent took to it on their own. Started in 2009, as many as 479 patients have been treated at Nishigandha so far. "Unfortunately, more and more women are into substance abuse,'' said Mukta Puntambekar, deputy director of the centre.

According to statistics, of the 479 patients treated at Nishigandha in the last four years, nearly 52.42 per cent used alcohol and nicotine, 21.19 per cent multi-drugs, 14.87 per cent tranquilisers, 6.32 per cent nicotine, 4.08 per cent IDU and nicotine, 0.37 per cent inhalants and 0.75 per cent brown sugar. The statistics show that most of them are literate (4.46 per cent) while only 1.48 per cent were illiterate.

The statistics also show that 55.76 per cent married women were into drug abuse as compared to 20.44 per cent single women, 13.38 per cent widows, 2.97 per cent separated and 1.85 per cent separated due to addiction. While 7.43 per cent women who enrolled at the centre were unemployed, 4.46 per cent were pensioners.

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