Drugs vs youth

Dolat Khan
Turbat, Balochistan

Drugs abuse is rapidly growing in Pakistan {especially among the youth}. Almost five percent of the adult population is addicted to drugs across the country. Pakistan is at the top among the countries which are affected by this loathsome bane. Drugs addiction is often associated with problems such as poverty, illiteracy and lack of basic healthcare. Pakistan became a major exporter of heroin in the 1980s in the wake of influx of Afghan refugees escaping the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1978. Out of almost nine millions drugs addicts in Pakistan, two millions are aged between 15 and 25. The rate of increased numbers of drugs addicts is 40000 a year. The most taken drug is heroin. Similarly, a recent survey of 10 colleges and two universities of Lahore brought to light some eye opening facts related to drugs abuse among the students. The majority of students is reportedly using more than one drug. How to stop the drugs? Teachers can significantly play a role in generating awareness among the students about drugs. So, being a citizen of Pakistan it is my suggestion to journalists and intellectuals to play their part against the drugs addiction.

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