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.

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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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