Healthy activities stressed to save youth from drug addiction

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Healthy activities are imperative to keep the youth away from drug addiction and in this connection the government should devise a comprehensive strategy to engage the youth in general and students in particular in recreational activities.

This was stated by Prof Dr Akmal Sharif, head of Medicines Department at Madinah Teaching Hospital (MTH) of the University of Faisalabad. He was addressing a seminar on “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”, arranged by Department of Community Medicine, University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad in collaboration with Anjuman-e-Insdade-e-Manshiaat and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Punjab, here on Monday.

He said that drug abuse had been one of the biggest threats to human health whereas the whole society had to bear its consequences if the menace was left unattended. He said that prevention from drug abuse was directly linked with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) as well as good human health and well-being of society. “Therefore, we should collective strive to control menace of drug abuse so that a healthy and prosperous society could be developed,” he said and added that main objective of observing the day was to spread awareness about physical and psychological impact of drug abuse across the globe.

Prof Dr Imtiaz Ahmad Dogar, head of Psychiatry Department Faisalabad Medical University and District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Faisalabad said that many forms of addiction were accessible to the youth including digital addiction of games, social media.

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