Awareness Seminar “Menace of Drug Addiction among Youth”

“The number of addicts is increasing at the rate of 40,000 per year making Pakistan one of the most drug affected countries in the world. What is most disturbing is the fact that most of addicts are under the age of 24”. This was disclosed by Dr Zahid Masood, Professor of Community Medicine, The University of Faisalabad, addressing an awareness seminar on “Menace of Drug Addiction among Youth” held in Health Sciences Campus on January 24, 2019. Delivering talk on “Meth Ice” addiction, Dr Zahid told that it is one of the most dangerous drugs in the world has finally found market in Pakistan. It’s Crystal Meth which is also known as ‘ICE’ in the market. Major portion of victims includes our youth especially students males as well as females, Dr Masood added. It knocks out the part of brain dealing with behavior and emotions. This results in weight loss, as the drug acts as an appetite suppressant, tendency to act violently, especially when they can’t access the drug, paranoia and hallucinations, loss of sleep due to a chemical disruption in their brain, skin sores, severe mood swings can simulate psychosis and engaging in risky behaviors. Those injecting this drug may acquire hepatitis types B and C, as well as HIV/AIDS due to sharing syringes. He further added. Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed, Pro Rector TUF, Health Sciences was the chief guest. He urged the students to regularly engage in healthy activities like regular prayer, sports, poster competitions and paintings to discourage the use of drugs. Effective prevention from drugs requires younger people to have a caring and nurturing environment. Strong legislation and law enforcement was needed to eradicate the suppliers. He further added. Dr Tariq Rasheed, Professor of Psychiatry, Madinah Teaching Hospital, and Dr Uzma Sagheer, UMDC also spoke on the occasion. Large number of students and faculty members attended the seminar.