KARACHI: A march was organised on Wednesday, marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Lyari and re-launch of the movement for a drug-free society in the locality.
The march, organised by a Lyari-based NGO, Save the Life Organisation (STLO), aimed at creating awareness about the hazards of drug abuse and illicit trafficking among masses. Participants of the march carried banners and placards and shouted slogans propagating the formation of a drug free society to protect the young generation from the hazardous effects of drug abuse.
Participants of the march partook in games, speech and debate competitions, lectures, seminars and workshops to raise awareness about drug abuse and its consequences.
Addressing the participants, a member of Sindh Assembly, Syed Abdul Rasheed said around eight million people start taking drugs within a year and an estimated 40,000 people had died due to drug abuse in the last year alone.
Meanwhile, STLO President Saeed Bahmri and STLO Secretary Rasheed Baloch emphasised the need for taking measures for the rehabilitation of drug addicts. They stressed that lawmakers should take initiatives to provide the victims of drug abuse access to rehabilitation facilities.
Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, adversely affects a person’s brain and behavior. Substances such as marijuana, alcohol and nicotine are some of the common substances that can cause addiction and the users continue their intake despite suffering from harmful effects.
Citing the hazardous effects of drugs, STLO has launched a massive campaign to curb drug abuse. Additionally, a number of other NGOs are also making efforts for the development of a drug free society.
The march was attended by a number of locals as well as political and social activists.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2019.