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The Times of India, officially the most widely read English-language newspaper in the world, has a dramatic story today about the rising use of drugs amongst India’s burgeoning middle class.The exclamation in the first sentence seals the deal:
Saturday night’s rave party in Banjara Hills, which was busted by city cops has exposed a new, disturbing trend that has the city in its clutch — MDMA and LSD addiction!
Reportedly, just 15 revelers were caught with “14 grams of cocaine, 10 packets of cube LSD, 10 small pills of micro LSD, five grams of MDMA drug and four LSD dots”. The Hindu reports that the drugs were smuggled from notorious party spot Goa.
Damien Thompson of the Telegraph, author of a new book on addiction, writes that India currently has around 4 million drug addicts. Should drugs really enter the now-flush-with-cash middle class, that figure could well become tens of millions.
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