The movement for a drug-free society has been relaunched in Lyari, as a walk was recently organized on the eve of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Save the Life Organization (STLO), a Lyari based NGO, organized a walk in Lyari to create mass awareness against the hazards of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Many area people, as well as political and social activists, attended the march.
The participants were chanting slogans of a drug-free society for the safeguards of the new generation while carrying banners and placards.
While addressing the participants, Member Sindh Assembly, Syed Abdul Rasheed, said that around 8 million people started taking drugs in one year adding that 40000 people have lost their lives owing to the use of drugs in the last year alone.
President, STLO, Saeed Bahmri, and Secretary Rasheed Baloch, while expressing their views by stating that drug addiction is like a disease and the lawmakers must initiate for the rehabilitation of such sufferers.
Drug addiction, also called substance abuse disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you are addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.
The organization has launched a massive campaign to curb drug abuse, and several NGOs are striving for the establishment of a Drug-Free Society.
Many drug demand reduction/awareness activities including walks, games/sports competitions, speech/debate competitions, lectures, seminars, and workshops have been planned to mark the day with the highest zeal and fervor.
It is pertinent to mention here that, some renowned political and social activists in Lyari had launched a Movement Against Drugs in the old town of the city to eradicate drug abuse through devotion and dedication.
The attainment of the ultimate goal of a “Drug-Free Society” will be the only acceptable end-game in the war against drug abuse.