The issue of drug addiction is increasingly concerning in Pakistan’s educational institutions, where students are exposed to various types of drugs such as cannabis, heroin, opiates, and amphetamines. This problem is particularly widespread in universities, where academic pressure, peer influence, and lack of supervision contribute to students experimenting with drugs. 

According to a survey conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), approximately 8 percent of university students in Pakistan have used illegal drugs at least once, with cannabis being the most commonly used substance. 

Furthermore, the survey also revealed that the age of initiation for drug use was as young as 12 years old and that male students used drugs more frequently than female students. It is worrisome and urgent to address the drug addiction issue plaguing Pakistan’s educational institutions. Drug abuse in Pakistan is not just numbers; it’s a sad story of broken dreams and families. The country has seen an increase in drug-related problems, which is very worrying. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Pakistan is among the top countries with a high number of drug users, making it a severe crisis.

To understand why this happens, we need to look at the reasons behind drug addiction. Poverty, unemployment, and lack of good education make it easy for people, especially young ones, to be tempted by drugs. In areas affected by conflict and terrorism, the drug trade becomes even more dangerous. 

Similarly, to fit in or feel accepted, students who are influenced by their friends frequently start using drugs. In many parts of Pakistan, drugs are easily accessible, making it simple for students to obtain them. The marketability of pharmaceuticals has been impacted by ineffective regulation and law enforcement. Students may turn to drugs for solace as a result of family problems, academic pressure, and other stresses in their lives.

Drug misuse impacts a person’s health and well-being, as well as their capacity for learning, interpersonal interactions, and possibilities for the future. Hence all institutions need to take relevant actions to help the youth of our country.

Even with the challenges, Pakistan’s people are coming together to change things. Community-based programs have become powerful tools in the fight against addiction. For instance, the “Zindagi Trust” is a group that helps kids in Karachi’s poor areas by offering good education, mentoring, and fun activities. By empowering young people with education and support, trust helps them stay away from drugs and crime.

While the government of Pakistan is taking the problem seriously and doing many things to fight against drug abuse. They are creating centers to help people quit drugs, setting up helplines for assistance, and spreading awareness through the media. Also, they are changing laws to focus more on helping people recover from addiction instead of punishing them.

Our society, especially families with children victims of drug abuse should understand the connection between mental health and drug addiction. Organizations like “Roshni Helpline” offer support, counseling, and resources for those affected by addiction. By taking care of mental health, the country is making progress in healing society.

Despite the challenges, there is hope in Pakistan’s fight against drug abuse. People who have overcome addiction and become role models are inspiring others to change their lives too. These stories of hope show that Pakistan can overcome this problem with determination and support. The battle against drug abuse in Pakistan is still going on, but the country’s determination to fight back is impressive. By addressing the root causes, supporting community efforts, and focusing on mental health, Pakistan is making strides toward a better future. As they come together and share stories of success, the country is moving towards a brighter tomorrow.