June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day reminds the world about the adverse effects of drugs on individuals, families and society.
I was looking through the Technical Report on Drug Use in Pakistan 2013 by the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
An estimated 5.8 per cent, or 6.45 million, of the population in Pakistan aged between 15 and 64 used drugs in the last 12 months Plant based drugs are the most predominantly used drugs in Pakistan by those between the ages of 15 and 64 with 3.6 per cent or just over four million annual users of cannabis. High levels of opiate use have been found with 0.9 per cent or just more than one million users of which 0.7 per cent use heroin and 0.3per cent use opium annually.
Levels of use for opiates are highest as a proportion of the population in provinces that border cultivation areas in Afghanistan.
These are only figures, and as far as I experienced the drug abusers, I think its lil more than that shown in figures, when I was working in a Pharmaceutical firm in countryside of Lahore, I experienced so many life’s, workers from villages, small towns frequently come and go, I met so many men and women who were personally effected by drugs and then how their families get ruined because of their bad habit. How they finally get rid of drugs.
I remember on a way back home I daily saw a man sitting under a bridge injecting himself and his fellows around him. It makes me surprised that no one stops him, law and order officers , citizens , no one bother to even see them.
Once, my colleague says that she often saw 2 drug abusers come to the backside of their home which ends in a playground where trees and bushes are abundant. They keep the syringes in a plastic bag, and hide them in the bushes. Daily they wash the same syringe with water and then inject themselves as they have taken care of all the hygiene and sterility. Funny for us on that moment but seriously now when I think of that, it alarms me, how we are killing ourselves? And how easily we let someone kill himself in front of us? Majority of us just see and do nothing, as we do not know what to do??
But thanks Allah that, there are some organizations and individuals who are working on this issue, I really want to mention Edhi Foundation, who has been working in diverse areas and are playing a very major role in society in many ways. ** I must write about this foundation in detail sometime.
Anyway, I am just praying that more and more people get aware of this issue and help drug abusers. I pray that government take full actions on the drug suppliers and mafia, which although presently seems like a dream. Sad but true!
May Allah bless us all.. ameen