Minister for Narcotics Control Syed Ijaz Shah Wednesday said that the government would open one more center in the federal capital for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
Addressing a drug-burning ceremony organized by the Anti-Narcotics Force here, he said “We are fighting to eliminate the drug menace from the country effectively but there are only three drug rehabilitation centers which are extremely insufficient for treatment of the patients.”
Among others, the ceremony was attended by the diplomatic staff, students of universities, schools, and colleges besides renowned actors. Drugs worth billions of dollars were burned at the end of the event.
The minister asked the private sector people, having enough resources, to come forward and play their role in establishing such facilities in the country so that timely treatment and rehabilitation of the treatment could be carried out efficiently.
The federal government alone could not deal with the problem as there were six million drug addicts in the country as per the year 2012-report, he said adding the federal and provincial departments, and masses would have to make joint efforts to purge the menace of drugs from the society.