Drugs are one of the mainstay of everyday life for people living in India.
Most of them are prescribed for a range of health problems including nausea, headaches, anxiety and insomnia.
But what happens when they become addictive?
According to a report published by the National Institute of Health and Child Development, over half of the Indian population are dependent on drugs.
The report, titled Drugs Dependence in India: Are We Getting More Harmful?
, says that about 50% of Indian adults are addicted to drugs.
They can become dependent on these drugs due to lack of prescribed medication, poor access to medical care, and inadequate treatment.
According to the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDCP), there are 2.6 million people aged over 18 in India who are dependent or addicted to some form of prescription medication.
According to NCDCP data, only 1.2 million people were prescribed drugs by 2016.
This article first appeared on Hindustan Times.