Maharashtra, Karnataka led in suicides tied to drug & booze in 2019 | India News

BENGALURU: Maharashtra and Karnataka have seen the highest number of suicides in the country due to drug abuse and alcoholism in the past two years.
In 2019, India saw 7,860 suicides because of drug abuse and alcoholism — the National Crime Records Bureau doesn’t give a break-up — accounting for 5.6% of the total number of suicides. Of these, 43% of the cases were in Maharashtra and Karnataka, which are among the top affected by the problem for the past five years, an analysis of data shows.
While Maharashtra has topped the table during all five years, cases in Karnataka have been growing to bring the state to the second place in 2018 and 2019, while it was in the third place in 2017.
Three other states, MP, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have also reported a high percentage of such cases in the five years. Together, these five states account for 79% of the 30,627 such suicides between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2019. There has been a consistent increase of such cases in the past five years, with 2015 only reporting 3,670 cases. It is not just in terms of the total number of such cases, but such suicides as a percentage of the total number of suicides too have gone up. In 2015, such cases accounted only for 2.7% of the total suicides in India. While Maharashtra has seen a consistent growth in cases, Karnataka, has seen more significant spikes.

[Source :Times of India]


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