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3/5/2014 (1 year ago)

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Many Pakistanis turn to drugs of all kinds - and not just favored crop grown there, heroin

Drug addiction is taking its toll on the South Asian nation of Pakistan. A United Nations survey on drug abuse there found that some 6.7 million people or six percent of the population used drugs at least once last year. It's negatively impacting the South Asian nation. The most frequent users there are those under the age of 35 years of age, the people who are supposed to bring energy and new vitality to the workforce.

Pakistanis of all ages are using everything from hashish to tranquilizers to opiates. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, drug use was most prevalent to Pakistanis in the 25 to 39 age group.

Pakistanis of all ages are using everything from hashish to tranquilizers to opiates. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, drug use was most prevalent to Pakistanis in the 25 to 39 age group.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/5/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Pakistan, heroin, drug abuse, young people


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While Pakistan has many poppy fields that are synthesized into heroin, it must be noted that the nation's young people takes drugs of all kinds. The face of ongoing substance abuse here is not just heroin addicts.

Pakistanis of all ages are using everything from hashish to tranquilizers to opiates. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, drug use was most prevalent to Pakistanis in the 25 to 39 age group.

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"Guess what? That is the most productive age group in the country, the work force in the country.  And this is a matter of concern because it is there where the use of drugs is most concentrated," the office's Cesar Guedes says.

Pakistan, along with Afghanistan is at the crossroads of opium-producing countries which produces the chemical precursors needed to manufacture the deadly narcotic.

Drugs, becoming cheaper and more available have led to more than four million Pakistanis being drug dependent.

"There is an alarming increase in the injection, people who are using drugs through injections," Mohammed Shahid, the director general of the monitoring unit of Pakistan's narcotics control division, says of the worrisome trend. 

There are now 430,000 regular intravenous drug users, which has led to a rapid increase in the spread of the HIV/AIDs virus.

"This is a very difficult piece of news to convey to all of you - Pakistan is among the 15 countries with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS among injection drug users," Guedes says.

A chilling statistic: Roughly half of the injecting drug users are HIV positive and actively transmitting the disease.

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