Joint efforts to combat drug addiction sought

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LAHORE: The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed around the world on Sunday to raise awareness of the impact of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The theme for 2022 is “Addressing Drug-Related Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises”.

The Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH) & (YOCFAN) and Pakistan Law Company organized an annual World Drug Day 2022 Seminar and Awards Ceremony for service providers who served in the fields of year-round drug demand reduction in collaboration with the Punjab Counter-Narcotics Force, Colombo Plan and Gobi’s. Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri, Vice Chancellor of the National College of Arts (NCA), chaired, while Asam Jasrah, Commander of SP Punjab Safe City Operation, Senior Advisor Colombo Plan Muhammad Ayub, Syed Zulfiqar Hussain, Consultant, anti-narcotics campaign, Dr Amir Sh, Dr Syed Amar Gilini (UOL), Tanveer Shahzad (NCA), Mian Zahid Javed, Dr Ahmad Bilal (UEIT), Ms Hijab Mazhar and lawyer Salman Malik took the word.

Syed Zulfiqar said that without political will, we cannot reduce the threat of drugs in society. A large number of homeless and unknown drug addicts who use narcotics on trails, gardens, parks and at home as well, we have no treatment and prevention policy, he added.

Around 60 bodies of homeless drug addicts were found in May 2022 in the city due to drug overdose and shortage, food and water shortage, miserable living conditions and hot weather. The new trend of drug addiction still Injections of ice crystals, coke, heroin have increased among younger generations, especially in the upper and middle class. He said that by involving different government departments, we can minimize the massive use of drugs and its worst form of addiction. Dr. Murtaza Jafri researched the role of parents in dealing with the threat of drug addiction in their children, as people do not have time to give proper attention to their children. Asam Jasrah said that our young people are involved in drugs and especially in educational institutions.

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