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Concern for the Indo-Canadian Addiction Problem

Drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and all other forms of substance abuse are not unique to any one group, culture, or demographic. Approximately 47,000 Canadians die every year in connection with some kind of substance abuse.

There are certain factors that can affect the probability a person might become affected or even die from a condition if they don’t seek help from substance abuse treatment centres or private rehab facilities.

For example, women are 54% more likely to die prematurely due to drug use (courtesy


Addiction Problems in the Indian Community Causing Many To Come To Our Private Addiction Rehab

However, uncovered a problem that’s been around for a few years gaining significant ground within the Indian community.

In Canada, the Punjabi Indo-Canadian community is becoming more and more connected to the addiction problem that mirrors that of their cultural homeland of Punjab, according to the India news source

“That culture was brought back here,” Dhillon said of the drug, which can trace its roots directly back to Punjab and is facing the same type of addiction problems Canada now is.

The problem stems from an old-world drug known as ‘doda,’ which is made from the crushed powder of dried poppy pods. Despite its known effects, doda remained legal in Canada until 2010.

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During the time it was legal, it became the drug of choice for many Indo-Canadians, according to former Brampton City Councillor Vicky Dhillon.

After doda was made illegal it disappeared from store shelves, but opened the door for more hardcore usage, namely heroin usage.

The problem has gotten so bad that our private drug rehab facility estimates to have seen a 100% increase in addiction cases last year from the year prior.

“We’re merely scratching the surface,” Baldev Mutta, CEO of the non-profit private rehab center, Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) said “The devastation caused by addiction among families within the community is huge because of how expensive such habits are, and the legal and health complications that arise from them.”

Overall, substance abuse has cost the Canadian health care system about $8 billion and though many drug rehab centres are doing their best to combat it, it’s clear the issues run deep.