Number of opioid consumers in India by type 2017-2018

Number of opioid users across India between December 2017 and October 2018, by type

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

December 2017 to October 2018

Number of respondents

473,569 individuals*

Age group

10-75 years old

Special properties

across 186 districts.*

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

*Additionally, a Respondent Driven Sampling survey was conducted covering 135 districts and 72,642 people who were dependent on illicit drugs.

According to source, problem users are those who score between 4 and 26 (for alcohol between 11 and 26) on the WHO ASSIST test and have experienced any harmful consequence of substance use within three months preceding the survey period.
Dependent users are those who score over 26 points on the WHO ASSIST tests.

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