By Ahsan Zaidi.
‘Drugs’ by denotion are the medicines prescribed to ill people. It is a hard to believe fact but most of the youth in metropolitan cities are indulged in various types of illegal drugs which can lead to death or threatening ailments. The abusers of drugs range from ages 12-21, if we consider the majority. The use of narcotics has become increasingly excessive among young people over the years and this menacing trend is spreading exponentially. There are various reasons that lead to drug addiction. Some people are of the opinion that the use of drugs eliminates stress and depressions. In reality, they are merely escaping from the real world to the world of fantasies, closing their eyes for the moment. In majority of the higher education institutes and even colleges and schools, weed and cocaine have become an easily accessible “antidepressant”.
An estimated 8.9 million people in Pakistan are believed to be addicted to drugs every year while another 35 million are directly affected by them as was revealed during a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior and Anti-Narcotics under the chairmanship of Senator Rehman Malik. Most of the drug traffic is brought in from Afghanistan and to Peshawar and Karachi. Despite of the fact that the import of poppy has been banned by the government and the sale of narcotics is not open, dealers are spread all over in Pakistan, forming an impregnable nexus. The drug market in Pakistan is worth billions of dollars, these people make money out of selling weed, heroin and cocaine to the people including underage children. In the interior dark walls of Karachi, drugs are being used as a bribe to contract murder. Half a pack of heroine is being exchanged at the cost of a life. Could this society stoop any lower?
The life expectancy of a heroin addict is less than thrice of a normal and healthy individual. However, the actual life expectancy depends on which other drugs the addict is taking, as many will mix with alcohol, weed and even cocaine with their heroin addiction. However, most of the hardcore, long-term heroin users will die by the time they are in their 40s or 50s. This is because the actual lifespan of a hardcore heroin is addict is about 15 to 20 years old. The root cause of this dilemma is illiteracy and lack of awareness. Young people fall into this trap without having an inkling of the actual outcome. The world has fallen prey to this black hole and societies have been destroyed. To root out this problem, we need to act on an individual basis, and fast.
The writer is a journalism student at Iqra University Islamabad. He’s also a freelance writer and a basketball player for a local club.