Drugs addiction reaches alarming level in Pakistan

By Aizbah Khan - Web Editor

29th January, 2020

Senate has been told today that at least 6.7 million people are currently Drugs addicts in the country, out of which 430,000 people take drugs through injections.

According to details, Federal Ministry of Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi said during the questions answers session in the upper house  today that as per the last survey which was conducted in 2013, in cooperation with United Nations nearly, 7.6 million people in Pakistan are drug addicts: 78% males and 22% females.

The number of drug addicts increasing at the rate of 40,000 people annually in the country, making Pakistan the most drug-affected country, the report added,

The report further stated that six percent of Pakistan’s population suffers from various types of drugs addiction.

It should be remembered that the Federal Minister himself claimed at a function in 2018 that 75% of the students and 55% of the students in high-level schools in Islamabad use drugs.

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He quoted an NGO survey as his source of information. However, the experts and the administration of Islamabad’s schools later dismissed the figures as completely false and fabricated.

Shehryar Afridi acknowledged that no new survey had been conducted recently. He said that many NGOs are sharing inaccurate data on the media.

The Senate was told that the most common drug is marijuana, 3.6% of the population use this.

The majority of drug users are between the ages of 25 and 39, and the highest amount of hashish has been seen used among 30 to 34 year olds.

According to government statistics, the number of drug addicts who use marijuana is 4 million, while 8 million 60,000 people take heroin. 430,000 people take drugs through injections, while the number of opium addicts is 330,000.

Shehryar Afridi  further said that his ministry is trying to curb drug use among youth by conducting several awareness campaigns across the country.

He said law enforcement agencies are also active across the country to curb drug supply.

Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) ​​personnel are deployed at all airports across the country to  prevent international drug trafficking, while we are also ensuring  the prevention of drug trafficking through a network within the country, the minister added.

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