Dream of drug free Pakistan. By Cynthia Sohail

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Pakistan is a top most country in a world map which has been diverse capacity to adopted things firstly. No Doubt we have Young, Smart and Vibrant youth who try to cop with the current situation of Pakistan, try to manage their career, creating balance between their Social, political and professional life. They uphold many goods ideas to create a good image of Pakistan in front of the world that Pakistan is no less than any nation of the world. In this fast-going life everyone is busy in following new trends of life, especially after the social media revolution each and every person is busy in following the trends, tattoo trends, body piercing, shisha trends and using drugs in night party etc. If you are following any of trend mentioned above that means you are a part of a modern fashionable society. We Pakistanis youth are quite smarter in adoption the bad things from the west. We do criticize their good liberal thoughts about color, gender equality, human rights policies and political reforms but we are always open to gain their bad trends which actually destroying our smart youth.

 26th June world is celebrating International day against drug. The day as an event is celebrated worldwide with much conscious passion to make people much aware about the drugs and emphasize on shortcoming of drug addiction and their illegal trafficking. In this contemporary time-frame this problem is a major deterrent to humanity and a poison to the well-being of the youth in particular poses greater problems to the socio-economic and political stability of a nation as also disturbing the sustainable development of Pakistan.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to take up their work on international drug control with greater dedication and urged all their member countries to provide with maximum possible financial and political support for drugs control. Besides this the day is also celebrated by hosting a series of events worldwide encouraging more participation and greater awareness to the cause of drug abuse. Many International and local NGOs, over the years, been vigorously involved in inducting campaigns to facilitate support for drug control and with the help from the government regular promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs. According to World Drug Report, world’s largest morphine seizures continued to be reported by Pakistan (11 mt or 40% of the global total), Iran (10 mt) and Afghanistan (5 mt) besides that Pakistan also listed on high rank in Global illicit cultivation of opium poppy and production of opium, about 2,000 ha of opium poppy were cultivated in the border area with Afghanistan,  the country that is responsible for at least 75% of the world's heroin. UNODC calculates that more than 800,000 Pakistanis aged between 15 and 64 use heroin regularly, particularly high rate in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, which neighbors Afghanistan besides this  number of injection drug users in Punjab has also increased sharply in the recent years that put them at high risk of HIV and tuberculosis infection, and other conditions including malnutrition and general poor health. Sudden sniffing death the rigorous use of volatile substances (even during only one session) may result in irregular heart rhythms and death within minutes In Pakistan, the total number of drug addicts as per a UN report is 7.6 million, where 78% are male while the rest 22% are female. The number of these addicts is increasing at the rate of 40,000 per year making Pakistan one of the most drug affected countries of the world. Drug Usage Is Increasing day by day and the reason of using drugs varies from person to person e.g.  Influence of friends or peer pressure, Social and family stresses, Sibling or other family member’s use of drugs impressed her/him, To heighten sexual pleasure, To overcome frustrations/tragedies and as a pain Killer. 

Cannabis remained the most popular drug being used by the middle and low class youngsters because it is cheap and easy to buy, whereas  heroin, opium, opiates Ecstasy, cocaine and Crystal methamphetamine, more popularly known by (Ice and Glass) are emerging drugs especially among Universities and college youth belonging to the higher socio-economic groups in some urban cities of Pakistan. Inhalant abuse is common among street children.

Anti-Narcotics Force is the government agency responsible for controlling drug smuggling and use of drug within Pakistan, the government agency tasked to eliminated and destruct Poppy cultivation. Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and many NGOs are maintaining following hospitals in major cities of Pakistan e.g Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Sukkur.  All district hospitals are ordered to have one ward entirely for treatment of drug addicts. These wards however only provide detoxification facilities. Rehabilitation centers are extremely costly and demand highly motivated people to take care of drug addicts, there are hundreds of the thousands of drug addicts and for government obviously it is impossible to flight alone with this problem in order for the complete control over drug trafficking and drug abuse communities can also make a major contribution. Families, schools, civil society and religious organizations can do their part to rid their communities of drugs. Businesses can help provide legitimate livelihoods and media can raise awareness about the dangers of Drugs. Drugs abuse and the illicit trafficking of drugs is an evil in our society especially when you are third world country. Our youth is our proud, we can’t see them disorientated. I prayer that one day we will be in the list of Drugs free country, Amen!

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