HYDERABAD – Drug abuse is rapidly growing in Pakistan, especially among youth including those in colleges and universities, resulting in serious social and health implications while almost five per cent of the adult population has already been addicted to drugs across the country keeping Pakistan at the top of the list among the countries which are affected by this scourge.
Each year, the United Nations recognises International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26. The purpose of this day is raise awareness of the worldwide problem that society faces from the use of illicit drugs, indeed, all over the world, this day is recognised and supported by various organisations and communities.
Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Chairman Department of Psychiatry LUMHS and Psychiatrist of Sir Cowasji Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry Hyderabad Dr.Moin Ansari Dr Moin Ansari expressing regrets said that large number of the population of the country has been involved in drug addiction and the number is still rising alarmingly with the use of contraband drugs, alcohol, tranquilizers and anti-depressants.
Dr Moin Ansari said that parents can recognize their addict children by noting symptoms including deep body emaciation, strong loss of appetite, strong nervous disturbance, much money demand, telling lie to get money, long sleeping time, laziness, constipation, irregularities in work and studies.
Dr Moin Ansari said that the drug production and addiction in Pakistan has been increased during last 20 years, he said and informed that the issue of drug addiction is often overshadowed by the many of other human development problems, such as poverty, illiteracy and lack of basic health care,added.
Dr Moin Ansari informed that Pakistan is not alone in fighting against this menace and with the globalization of the drug abuse problem in the last two decades the situation has gone from bad to worse.
Dr Moin Ansari said that there is a need to not only debate and take serious measures to stop this systematic destruction of our society but also to aggressive campaign against the people and organizations behind the trade.
He said that creating awareness among the children, youth, parents and other members of the society can help but it will never solve the problem.
He added that teachers can play significant role to aware the students about drug abuse situation in the country to convey message to the entire society regarding this alarming issue.
Politicians, NGOs and the scholars should come forward and create awareness among the people and youngsters, so that they felt disgust towards all forms of addiction.