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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-121

Stigma and substance use disorders: A contextual review from an Indian perspective

1 Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Community and Family Medicine, AIIMS, Bathinda, Punjab, India
3 Department of Psychiatry and NDDTC, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Udit Kumar Panda
Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_23_20

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The prevalence of substance use disorders is on an upsurge in the Indian population. Unfortunately, they remain one of the most under reported and undertreated medical conditions. Stigma, in its various forms, can act as a barrier to treatment, reduce willingness of policy-makers to allot resources, and that of health-care providers, to effectively screen and treat. This makes it difficult and challenging for the recovery and reintegration of the patients into mainstream healthcare. In the Indian context, it becomes all the more difficult because of factors such as low literacy, prevalent socio-cultural beliefs, and lack of stringent law enforcement. We intend to highlight the problem of stigma in substance use and its consequences along with the amenable solutions in future.

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