Imran Khan while presiding over a meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, reviewing the 100 days performance, has announced to launch a countrywide campaign against the increasing drug usage in Pakistan. As reported by a local media source, Imran Khan intends to initiate the campaign from Islamabad then later expanding it to other parts of the country with the aim to eliminate the drug abuse which is causing ‘problems for countrymen’
He made this announcement while inaugurating a shelter home in Peshawar this Friday. The shelter home has a capacity to accommodate about 200 people, providing them with free meals, medical facilities and even wheelchairs for the disabled individuals – reflecting a great deal of relief it will be providing to the underprivileged.
According to stats (2015) presented by ANF (Anti Narcotics Force), about 700 people die every day due to drugs related problems in Pakistan as compared to terrorism-related activities which claim the lives of 39 people daily.
The UNODC (United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime) in its report ”Drug Use in Pakistan” revealed in 2013, revealed that 6.7 million people in the country are drug users. They are dependant on medical prescription drugs, plant-based drugs, opiates ( heroin and opium), opioids and tranquilisers. Among these, 4.25 million are facing constant dependency – which means they are in constant need/urge to consume more drugs.
The report also revealed that about 3 quarters of opiate users showed a desire to quit the addiction and needed a helping hand but there was no improvement in their lives due to lack of access or inability to afford treatment.
The stats present the horrifying pictures of the existing crisis, which reflects that we are in dire need of a successful campaign tackling the increasing threat.
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