Guest Lecture, Professor Murthy (Bangalore): ‘Addiction treatment services in India – bridging chasms, not just gaps’, University of Glasgow

Professor Pratima Murthy, ‘Addiction treatment services in India – bridging chasms, not just gaps’

Date: Thursday 26th November 2015

Time: 1-2pm, lunch will be served 30mins beforehand

Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Seminar Room A/B – lower level

Chair: Dr Kenneth Mullen

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Visiting lecture by Professor Pratima Murthy, Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.


 is a flat world after all….

And with that come many unintended consequences as well.  India, like many other countries in the world, is facing a growing problem of addiction. While licit drugs like tobacco and alcohol continue to pose significant public health problems, illicit drugs are not uncommon and pharmaceutical drugs are on the rise. Our clinics are beginning to see a slow, nevertheless steady increase in behavioural addictions.

Several factors influence the substance use scenario. Wide geographical and cultural heterogeneity, gender, socio-economic inequities, low availability, affordability and access to services all contribute to huge treatment gaps for addiction. The magnitude of the consequences of substance use is still not completely understood and the responses are still fragmented. Although the prevalence rates for substance use are relatively lower compared to many other countries at present, the numbers requiring attention are staggering. Responses and innovations exist, but there is a great need for a systematic and coherent response to address the growing problem of substance use and addiction in India.

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