top 7 most commonly used drugs in India:
1. Alcohol: An alcoholic drink, is a drink that contains a substantial amount of ethanol , a depressant which in low doses causes euphoria, reduced anxiety. According
to WHO or World Health Organization more than 30% Indians consume alcohol on regular basis and an average Indian consumes around 4.3 litres of alcohol yearly.
2.Tobacco:Tobacco is a product prepared from the nicotine-rich leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them. Tobacco can be taken in many ways but chewing, snuffing,
smoking are some the common ways it is taken. According to the World Health Organization or WHO, India is home to 12% of the world's smokers. Approximately 900,000 people
die every year in India due to smoking as of 2009.
3.Cannabis or Marijuana: Cannabis is also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use.
Cannabis in India has been used since as early as 2000 BCE. All forms of cannabis are currently illegal in India, with some limited allowances made for some traditional
preparations. It is commonly smoked rolling joints but can also be consumed in form of charas, ganja and bhaang.
4.Heroin or Opium:Opium is the dried latex obtained from the opium poppy. Opium latex contains approximately 12 percent of the analgesic alkaloid morphine, which
is processed chemically to produce heroin and other synthetic opioids for medicinal use and for illegal drug trade. Heroin or Brown Sugar is one of the most consumed
drug in India.
5.Hasish: Hashish is a drug made from cannabis. While herbal cannabis is referred to as Marijuana, hashish is cannabis resin.It is consumed by smoking, typically
in a pipe or bong.As pure hashish will not burn if rolled alone in a joint, it is typically mixed with tobacco or another type of herb for this method of consumption.
6.Prescription Drugs: Prescription drug abuse one of the most popular drug usage in India. Drug abusers usually get addicted to medications.
Painkillers containing certain chemicals , such as Vicodin. Pharmaceutical preparations containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are some the other
drug abuse can be seen in India.
7.Methamphetamine : Methamphetamine not popular as others but due to its increasing use is still quite popular in India. Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system or CNS stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug and less commonly as a treatment
for ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obesity.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.