The matter of drug misuse has reached an alarming level in the present-day scenario. This issue holds paramount importance not solely based on the big numbers, but rather on the question of “who are the engaged?” It is a fact the younger people seem to be much more exposed to such vile substances, jeopardising their own life, along with society in which they live in. This dependence on psychotropic substances, which has emanated from increased accessibility and affordability along with changing socio-cultural norms has resulted into a vast chain of consequences. The youth, being in such impressionable age, are therefore vulnerable, as such addictions can negatively impact their future course of actions. The relevance of this study lies in the fact that the youth of today stands on the cross-roads of either following ethics or seeking pleasure. Hence, there is a need to understand in detail, their viewpoints, interpretations, and outlook on the present situation, hence forming an important part of social sciences. The objectives of the study are: 1) To investigate students’ perspective and level of understanding regarding substance use; 2) To examine the impact of media influence and popular culture in making substance use appear “attractive” to school-going teenagers; 3) To understand the impact of substance use on the respondents and their surroundings; and 4) To increase awareness and knowledge regarding drug use prevention amongst school going teenagers. The survey was conducted in September and October 2022, covering all 42 Senior Secondary Schools of the UT Chandigarh, and primary data was collected through field surveys and direct contact with students. A well-structured Questionnaire was designed which were distributed at random to students in classes 9th - 12th covering 641 respondents including male, female, and transgenders in total. The study unveils interesting facts and figures based on the young peoples’ perspective. It is found that crimes such as domestic violence and sexual harassment are most visible consequences of drug abuse in the respondents’ surroundings, unveiling a connection between crimes and substance misuse. Analysing the youth’s mindset and thought process in this era of short attention spans, craving instant gratification and seeking momentary pleasures are the driving force of this study.
Drug Abuse, Psychotropic Substances, Youth, School-Goers, Society, Popular Culture
Unique Paper ID: 65
Publication Volume & Issue: VOLUME 3 , ISSUE 1
08 Oct 2023Submit Paper