Drug Abuse Among Youth Rises to Alarming Level “Pakistan is proud of its youth, particularly the students who have always been at the forefront in the hour of trial and need. You are the nation’s leaders of tomorrow and you must fully equip yourself by discipline, education and training for the arduous task lying ahead of you. You should realise the magnitude of your responsibility and be ready to bear it.”

These historic lines were said by the founder of our beloved Pakistan, Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He expressed his feelings on October 31, 1947, while addressing the Punjabi Muslim Students Federation at Lahore.

This statement clearly reflects that which kind of youth Quaid wanted us to be. I sometimes wonder what the youth would have shaped up if the Quaid-e-Azam would still be alive with us. It’s a harsh reality that our youth has deviated from the visions and principles of Mr Jinnah.

Have we followed Quaid’s advice? I say that sadly we haven’t. Pakistan’s youth is mostly seen in shisha cafes, clubs, openly smoking on the streets,  performing dangerous stunts or sometimes working in different political groups involved in target killings and other criminal activities.  After seeing this alarming situation, don’t you think so that youth has deviated from the teachings of our leaders?

It is the reality that Drug abuse is rising to an alarming level in educational institutions across Pakistan. Students, whether be at schools, colleges or universities, are getting addicted to substances at an alarming rate, threatening not only their own future but those of people around them, including family and friends.

Despite the awareness that how drugs addiction is ruining our generations, concerned authorities have not taken any concrete actions to steer the youth away from this situation. According to media reports, there are evidence that the contact numbers of drugs dealers and agents are also widely distributed throughout hostels, hotels and other places.

So Why Drugs?

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others.

Reasons of drug addiction may vary from person to person. We will discuss only a few common reasons which could force a man to be drug addicted.

  • Increased availability of drugs at low prices.
  • Rapidly changing social norms which place new demands on individuals for which drugs offer a false solution.
  • Lack of jobs and economic frustration.
  • Some people start with the experimental use of recreational drug out of curiosity, to have a good time or because friends are doing it.
  • Teens who are passing through a phase of depression or battling with stress might find comfort in drugs and they see these substances as a way to forget and feel happier. It’s their attempt to self-medicate. Weight loss has become a major issue among teens and especially females, are very conscious about their fitness and they often turn to harder drugs—such as cocaine—for a quick way to lose weight
  • Sometimes media, bullies, and often family put influenced youth to look a certain way, and they lose confidence in themselves if they don’t meet those high standards. Drugs and alcohol seem like an easy way to escape this reality. Family history of drug addiction could be another reason of this curse.

Drug of choice

  • Hashish (cannabis) is the most commonly used substance
  • Sedatives and Tranquilizers
  • Heroin
  • Opium
  • Injecting drug use
  • Ecstasy
  • Solvent Abuse among Street Children
  • Ice drugs

What are Opioids

  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • Buprenorphine, Sosegon, Codeine, Morphine, Pentazocine are Synthetic Opioids

Side effects of drug addiction may include:

Drug Abuse Among Youth Rises to Alarming Level
  • A weakened immune system, increasing the risk of illness and infection
  • Heart conditions ranging from abnormal heart rates to heart attacks and collapsed veins and blood vessel infections from injected drugs
  • Nausea and abdominal pain, which can also lead to changes in appetite and weight loss
  • Increased strain on the liver, which puts the person at risk of significant liver damage or liver failure
  • Seizures, stroke, mental confusion and brain damage
  • Lung disease
  • Problems with memory, attention and decision-making, which make daily living more difficult

Drug Abuse Among Youth Rises to Alarming Level

Overcoming Drug Addiction

If you are really interested to come out of drugs addiction, then you should accept the reality and start working towards solving it. The next thing you should do is changing in your life style and bad influences in more ways than you can imagine. In order to get rid of your addiction, you will have to change the way you handle problems, the way you think about yourself, and the way you spend your time every day.

If you feel like overcoming your drug addiction is hard, you should enlist the help of friends and family to support you in your effort. Your friends and family can help you change your habits and give you guidance to avoid relapsing.

Drug abuse among Pakistani youth

Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Different drugs require different treatments, but all drug addictions have some characteristics in common. We have seen above how drugs affect the chemistry of the brain and our behavior.

All drug addiction treatment options deal with certain core elements of addiction. The most common include:

  • Drug detoxification
  • Medication
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Follow-up treatment

There are also sober houses and communities where you get to live with other people fighting drug addiction. This gives recovering addicts a safe and friendly community with no possibility to relapse.