Six million drug addicts in country


ISLAMABAD: There are about six million people in the country, who are addicted to drugs with insufficient treatment facilities, said Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control Secretary Nawabzada Akbar Azam Khan Hoti on Saturday. The government is however making efforts to control the use of drugs, he said while addressing the opening ceremony of three-day Asian Recovery Symposium’ organised by the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) and Young Blood Daska (YBD) in collaboration with Colombo Plan (ACC). The symposium is aimed at creating a facilitating network for the professionals, clinical psychologists, family therapists, counsellors, and recovering and co-dependent individuals, and updating the latest knowledge, strategies and modalities about treatment and rehabilitation. He underlined the importance of awareness among the people about the harmful effects of drugs and narcotics. “The civil society should jointly work to break the supply network of narcotics,” he said. Hoti urged the international community to play its role in ending the smuggling of drugs. Pakistan BaitUl Mal Managing Director Abid Wahid Sheikh said that his institution is bearing medical expenditure for the treatment of drug addicts. New Horizons Care Centre President Sohail Younus said that the nation has the ability to tackle all the challenges, including drugs addiction. MNA Iftikhar Ul Hassan, President YBD Jamal Nasir and Drug Advisory Programme Director Bahir Niaz were also present on the occasion. 

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