Drug Abuse, HIV/AIDS Increasing In Northeast India

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Recent surveys indicatethat drug abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS are increasing in India'snortheast region, Gary Lewis, United NationsOffice on Drugs and Crime representative, said recently, UNI/WebIndia123.com reports. According to UNI/WebIndia123.com, theissues of drug use and HIV/AIDS in the northeast region have reached"terrifying dimensions," with the Indian states of Nagaland andManipur showing strong links between injection drug use and HIV transmission.


The region's literacy rate, as well as its HIV/AIDS and drug use awarenesslevels, are more than 90%, UNI/WebIndia123.com reports. However, the northeastis experiencing a rising trend in HIV/AIDS cases, Lewis said, adding thatalthough sexual transmission accounts for most cases of HIV, injection drug usealso is a major route.

The region also has a high unemployment rate of 59.3%,compared with 19.7% nationwide. In response to the identification of thenortheast as a high risk area, UNODC has begun to focus more on the region andheld a media sensitization workshop in Guwahati on Tuesday, UNI/WebIndia123.comreports (UNI/WebIndia123.com, 1/23).

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