Burgeoning problem: ‘Drug addiction is poisoning the society’

Dr Shafique Ahmed says Anti-Narcotics Force is working efficiently to control the prevalence of drugs in the society

Press Release October 13, 2015
A drug addict prepares to inject himself with drugs. Pakistan has more than four million drug addicts in its population of 170 million, according to figures compiled by the country's Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). PHOTO: AFP


Drug addiction is poisoning our society, said Khairpur SSP Syed Pir Muhammad Shah while addressing a seminar, 'Harmful Effects of Drug Addiction on Youth," held at Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) on Tuesday morning.

"It is the responsibility of all stakeholders in society to eradicate the menace of drugs," he claimed. He claimed that Afghanistan and Mexico are the main drug-producing countries in world, suggesting that rehabilitation and reform centres should be established in order to reform and medically treat the drug addicts.

"Young people have to shoulder the responsibilities of the future," said Professor Dr Yasmeen Faiz Kazi, the SALU department of natural sciences dean. Therefore, they should keep themselves away from the menace of drugs, she added.

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The Anti-Narcotics Force is working efficiently to control the prevalence of drugs in the society, said Prof Dr Shafique Ahmed Arain, the SALU alumni association director. Media and teachers should also play their roles in the eradication of this menace, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2015.



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