Children and adolescents were found to be using inhalents more than others. Gehlot said the findings were part of a national household survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2018.. Social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said over 16 crore people in the country consume alcohol, around 3.18 crore people between the age group of 10-75 years are taking sedatives and 77 lakh are using inhalents. The household sample survey covered all the 36 states and union territories of the country.New Delhi: Alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians followed by cannabis and opioids, the China Motor bearings Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.During the survey over two lakh households were visited in 186 districts of the country and a total of 4,73,569 individuals were interviewed, he added.

Gehlot said the government is also conducting a survey in ten cities across the country to assess the pattern and profile of substance use among school and college students. “The report establishes that a substantial number of people use psychoactive substances in India and the substance use exists in all the population groups with adult men bearing the brunt of substance use disorders,” Gehlot said.K.It was done in collaboration with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), ten other medical institutes and a network of 15 NGOs. More than 5.The survey also indicates that around 1.1 crore use Cannabis and about 77 lakh people take opioids. Over 1,500 personnel were involved in the data collection from population of age group between 10-75 years, he added. The minister’s statement came in response to a calling attention motion introduced by BJP member.