IT is disappointing that more and more young people are becoming addicted to narcotics these days. Young people, even children, are known drug addicts, which is alarming. The prevalence of this harmful addiction knows no boundaries, such as gender or social class. These young people are doomed to lose their health and will suffer from chronic diseases in the years to come if they are not taken back by society at an early stage.
According to a United Nations report, the total number of drug addicts in Pakistan is 7.6 million, of which 78% are men and 22% are women. The number of these drug addicts is growing at the rate of 40,000 a year, making Pakistan one of the most drug-affected countries in the world.
With the increase in drug use, the government must introduce heavy penalties and harsh penalties for those caught selling narcotics, especially those selling to young people. The country can never progress if its youth are involved in such self-destructive activities. They are playing with fire; a fire that will harm not only them, but all of society.
Various government agencies related to law enforcement, health and social services should collaborate to stem the threat before it is too late. Treating drug addicts and decimating the mafia that controls the supply chain can still do the trick. Competent authorities should look into the matter
and take serious action to control the trade which is both illegal and immoral. The future of the nation is at stake.
Posted in Dawn, October 23, 2022