Teachers can play a significant role in creating awareness among students about drug abuse in Pakistan. This was said by International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) President Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman while addressing a public awareness seminar at the old campus of the university, said a press release.
The event was organised by the IIUI’s Psychology Department. The department’s dean, Dr NB Jumani, Acting Psychology Chairperson Dr Seema Gul, Assistant Professor Dr Tahir Khalily and a large number of students attended the seminar.
Dr Khalily said substance abuse is not a new phenomenon in Pakistan and people have long been abusing drugs for reasons varying from pleasure and recreation to social and religious costumes, and also to address medical needs and psychological problems. Dr Khalily underscored the need to stop supplies of illicit drugs and reduce demand with treatment as the core approach, as drug abuse in Pakistan has increased dramatically in the past few decades.
Dr Rehman said there is need to inform students about drug abuse and motivate them to conduct research and share its findings with the society. He added that evil cannot be eliminated through strict administrative directives, but through proper counselling and rational actions.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2012.
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