“As Population increases, the diffusion of drug abuse also increases”
(An analysis of drug abuse networking in pakistan)
The Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was told JUL 06, 2015 that around seven million people in Pakistan are drug addicts, while 700 people die every day in the country due to drug-related complications. Briefing the committee, ANF DG Maj Gen Khawar Hanif said of an estimated seven million drug addicts in Pakistan, a staggering three million were those who used medicines without prescription. He said drug-related deaths were greater than those caused by terrorism— the latter kills 39 each day compared to the 700 deaths from drug addiction every day.
Muhammad Talha Khalid has been working as a Clinical Psychologist at Willingways since Feb, 2016. His education is M.S Clinical Psychology from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He did his M.Sc. Psychology from University of Sargodha with 3rd position in the university. He has successfully done two individually based projects which are, Non-Formal education program (Punjab Literacy Movement Project) for Clients of Substance Use & Manipulation of “Token Economy” system for “Behavior Modification” in Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala..
Editor: Hameeda Batool
Pakistan is today notorious for many things, but in the last 20 years, drug production and addiction has increasingly become just one of them. The issue of drug addiction is often overshadowed by the many of the country’s other human development problems, such as poverty, illiteracy and lack of basic health care. But the fact is, drug abuse is rapidly growing in Pakistan and in South Asia in general. While Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Maldives all suffer from this, Pakistan is the worst victim of the drug trade in South Asia. Today, the country has the largest heroin consumer market in the south-west Asia region. According to the UNODC survey, Pakistan has 4 million hashish users, around 0.86 million heroin addicts, 0.33 million opium addicts, 0.43 million people who inject drugs and 19,000 methamphetamine users.
Government hospitals have failed to establish wards dedicated to treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts despite a directive to set-up such facilities in public sector hospitals in an anti-narcotics policy three years ago. At the same time, the number of adult drug users in Pakistan is estimated at 6.7 million, according to the Drug Use in Pakistan 2013 survey released by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in March.