Heroin trafficking across the border between India and Pakistan in Punjab has increased in recent years. A significant percentage of Punjabi males between the ages of 16 and 35 living in Amritsar are said to be addicted. In Kashmir it’s well known among residents that the issue is severe, and that the psychological pressures of living in a conflict zone often lead to self-medication through opiates.
This project was funded by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Visit: North India’s Heroin Epidemic