Report from WFAD member Bashiran Munshi Foundation.
The number of drug users in Pakistan has gone up from 50,000 in 1980 to 8.1 million in 2011. Every year at least 50,000 more peopleget addicted to different kinds of drugs.On average, an addict spends between Rs3,000 and Rs3,300 on drugs in Pakistan.
According to the National Survey of Drug Abuse hashish was the most common drug in the country.
Drug use in Pakistan should be understood in reference to its location next to Afghanistan which is the biggest producer and exporter of opium. The quantity of opium consumed in Pakistan had gone up to 80 million tonnes. This, was more than the quantity consumed in India (67 million tonnes).
Most people living in poverty-stricken areas of the country got addicted to drugs because some of their elders had been addicts throughout their lives. “Most people get the habit by watching their elders while growing up.
Nowadays even A-class (without any impurity) drugs were easily available in low-income areas. Market had no role in determining the use of drug in the country. “There is an extensive supply of drugs such as opium and hashish in the country.
Tahir Aslam General Secretary Bashiran Munshi foundation(BMF) Email:
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