Federal Cabinet undertaken drug use survey 2013 in collaboration with UNODC

Peshawar: Under the National Anti Narcotics Policy, 2010 duly approved by the Federal Cabinet has undertaken drug use survey 2013 in collaboration with United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The survey was under taken by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The survey indicates that drug prevalence rate in Pakistan is 6 per cent and 6.7 million populations in the age group of 15-64 years is using drugs.

The highest addiction has been estimated at 10.9 per cent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa followed by Sindh 6.6 per cent, Balochistan 5 per cent and Punjab 4.7 per cent. It has also been estimated that 9 per cent males and 2.9 per cent females in the age group of 15-64 years are using drugs.

The drug use survey 2013 is the first household based drug use survey in the region. The experience gained during survey have been shared in a Workshops of Regional Countries at Islamabad. The Survey has indentified gaps in reducing demand for drugs and provision of treatment facilities to those who are using drugs.

It is hoped that this initiative of the Narcotics Control Division (NCD) and United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will assist policy makers and implementers in addressing the matters relating to addiction.

So far as the year 2014 is concerned, it is stated that Pakistan has attained the status of poppy free country after many years of painstaking efforts and investment of our resources in the year 2000 to 2013.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in its report for the year 2000 and subsequent years has expressed satisfaction over Pakistan’s cooperative efforts in drug abuse prevention. This became possible due to stringent enforcement measures taken with the assistance of provincial governments and the federal government.

It is to mention here that Pakistan is under international obligation to eradicate poppy cultivation completely from our soil. Due to our joint efforts, poppy eradication campaign has been successful during the year 2013-14.

In order to ensure an effective and fruitful outcome to the poppy eradication campaign, 2014-15 the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Home & Tribal Affairs Department has requested the Provincial Police Officer, Additional Chief Secretary FATA and all Divisional Commissioners in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to look into the matter personally and sensitize the field officers for provision of timely, accurate and exact location of the areas under poppy cultivation, if any for poppy eradication campaign 2014-15.

The Home & Tribal Affairs Department has stressed upon the necessity of maximum cooperation to be extended by the local administrations to the Anti Narcotics Force teams in their campaign against poppy eradication.

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