Substance Abuse is often seen as a phase occurring due to the influence of media and peer pressure. It is believed that it only can happen to children belonging to lower working class living in environment of poverty and unfulfilled needs. But the hard reality is that substance use and abuse is happening irrespective of where children are coming from.
Tobacco and alcohol are the most commonly abused drugs by Indian children and adolescents, which represents a significant drug threat. Both are gateway substances and are among the earliest drugs used by children or teenagers. A preadolescent or adolescent who smokes tobacco or drinks alcohol is 65 times more likely to use marijuana than someone who abstains. The younger the age of experimentation, greater the risk of serious health problems.
Screening For Risks