India is trapped in a never-ending spiral of drug usage, with the population of addicts increasing by the day. In Punjab, The epidemic of drug addiction among young people has reached alarming proportions. Drug addiction is being fueled by changing cultural standards, growing economic hardship, and decreasing social relationships. This paper has analyzed the causative factors that are exacerbating the drug abuse in Punjab, ranging from peer pressure unemployment to easy availability and porous borders. The paper further discussed the new and emerging trends on drug abuse in the state, such as the role played by the women in the trafficking of drugs and how they are used by male drug peddlers to mask their illicit drug trafficking, the implications of Covid Pandemic on the magnitude of substance abuse, how it helped the administration in bringing people closer to de-addiction centres. The paper that over-the-counter drugs medicines facilitate speedier and less expensive access to healthcare; yet, their abuse and negative health impacts raised concern in the contemporary society, the loopholes in the law regulating the over-the-counter drugs have been investigated by the paper and found that a family carrying bottles of Codeine cough syrup or a pharmacist selling Tramadol without first checking for medical prescriptions is the current reality in Punjab, and even in India as a whole. This study has found that The situation is extremely serious in Punjab. It is critical that government take notice of it. To conclude, the drug menace is likely to endanger the social, economic and political systems in the country in the near future, unless we start making all-out efforts immediately to control it with a firm political resolve, community involvement, and immediate legislative and executive interventions.