The NCPCR survey findings indicate the prevalence of a particular phenomena in a purposive sample of child substance users and do not represent prevalence of a phenomena in the entire child population. The survey covered around 4,000 substance-using children between 5-18 years across 26 states/3UTs. Nearly 69.8% respondents were from urban areas; 28% were currently studying in a regular school, 12.9% pursuing education through open school and rest were not studying. Girls comprised 4.2% of sample
The findings of the NCPCR study has come as a shock even to those working in the field of helping and rehabilitating substance abusers. Respondents were divided into three categories- children living on streets, children living at home and going to school and children living at home but not going to school and concentrated on the nature of substance used by these children.