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Drug addiction in Pakistani youth

Drugs are chemicals that enter the chemical milieu of the brain and start their action there onward. If they have an impact on the brain, they can clearly lead to a lot of social issues such as drug abuse and drug dependency. Issues like these are on the increase in Pakistan and it is basically the youth that has over the years started to resort to drugs.

A lot of us go to universities and colleges and what do we see there? Yes, bunches of people smoking up. And not to forget, nicotine is a drug too so if you think smoking cigarettes does not make you a drug user…think twice!!

And out of every ten people, two of them are addicted to drugs. And why do you think this is the case in Pakistan? Most of the youngsters end up “trying” drugs because of peer pressure. Well who wouldn’t to fit into a group of people who consume drugs and to them it appears to be something that is pretty “cool” and is a status symbol. IT IS NOT. Not that I mean to offend you, it Is entirely your choice but the health implications that tag along with drug usage are immense.

The usage of drugs was already on the high in Karachi and Lahore, after the numerous sheesha cafes have sprung up over the recent years. Islamabad and Rawalpindi are two other cities where drug addicts are increasing. Heroine, cannabis in the form of hashish are being consumed routinely in Karachi and Lahore and it is NOT OKAY! Think of the downside other than you and your group of friends being judged as the drugees, well that’s a given. Drug addiction can cause economic issues in the form of lower productivity, followed by job losses. And someone with an education would not want to risk his/her family in this way.

The youth also believes it is a way of escaping depression which comes as a result of self gratification. It is time we act onto it and just for a millisecond think of the bad effects of drug usage, because for sure, drug addiction is the craziest thing one can do to himself/herself.

Here’s a recent UN report about the level of drug consumption in Pakistan. https://www.unodc.org/documents/pakistan/Survey_Report_Final_2013.pdf

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  1. Billa

    November 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Although i am no proponent of drug use, I think the real issue here is not the drug use itself. It is the decadence of our social structures and unhealthy family environments that make the use or such intoxicants attractive and at times a salvation. We suffer from the lack of healthy avenues to express our pain and suffering, especially the case for males, and then resort to such psychologically sedating and numbing crutches to be able to walk with our baggages. The question is of facing human inadequacy and unspoken traumas rooted in the collective of our ancestral psyche.
    It has to be a change in social culture in our homes and beyond, simply stamping it out will never heal the invisible wound that needs love,awareness and subsequent transformation. We are a generation of unavailable fathers and preoccupied mothers with no safe social or familial contexts for the expression of our pain, because it had also been done to them. Therefore the problem here is much more spiritual than the mere product of impulse.

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