Combined efforts needed to curb menace of narcotics: Dr. Rubaba

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enewspaper.com.pk/Combined efforts needed to curb menace of narcotics Dr. Rubaba

QUETTA, (APP): Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Parliamentary Affairs of Balochistan Assembly Dr. Rubaba Khan Buledi on Sunday said that the poison of drugs was licking our society like termites, while can be countered by collective measures so that the menace of narcotics does not spread while protecting the youths of our society.

She said this in a message issued here on the occasion of World Drug Day.

She said that according to a UN report, more than 7.6 million people in Pakistan were addicted to drugs while in Balochistan the number is around 0.3 million, also saying that counter-narcotics measures and legislation in the country needed to be made more effective.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Secretary Dr. Rababa Khan Buledi said that 350 million people between the ages of 15 and 64 worldwide were addicted to some form of drugs among them, as the rate of drug addiction was 7%.

“Our youth often adopt deadly habits like drugs due to social reactions and lack of guidance. The young generation addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other addictions were damaging their lives and also creating many problems for their families,” she held.

Dr. Rubaba Khan Baledi said that Pakistani authorities and 24 agencies including ANF, Customs, and Excise were active in drug rehabilitation and 60% of the drugs seized in Pakistan were due to the efforts made by the anti-narcotics forces.

She said that according to the UN, out of 7.6 million drug users in Pakistan, 78 percent were men and 22 percent were women.

Dr. Rababa Khan Buledi said that the eradication of drugs stands out to be a challenge that the entire society has to fight together for its elimination.

She said the Balochistan government would take steps to build the latest department for the rehabilitation of drug-addicted persons with the aim to prevent the curse of narcotics in the area.

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