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“How to Knockout Narcotics….?

Report by: Ashfaq rehmani

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The term narcotic is believed to have been coined by the Greek physician Galen to refer
to agents that benumb or deaden, causing loss of feeling or paralysis. It is based on the
Greek word(narcosis) the term used by Hippocrates for the process of benumbing or the
benumbed state. Use of the word "narcotic" to refer to any illegal or unlawfully possessed
drug including marijuana and cocaine is common worldwide, although these substances
are not considered narcotics in a medical context. The central drug policy making body
with in the United Nations, for instance, is the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, although
the United Nations officially defines a narcotic drug to be "any of the substances, natural
or synthetic, in Schedules I and II of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, and
that Convention as amended by the 1972 Protocol Amending the Single Convention on
Narcotic Drugs, 1961

Dear reader June 26 is the international day of Anti narcotics. I would like to provide
some informations to you, how to Knock out use of Narcotics, according to Guest
speaker in a seminar arranged by the YES- Paksitan under logo “Knock out Narcotics”
chief guest famouse journalist Mr. bader zahoor chisti says, major drugs of Abuse
Cannabis, in one form or the other (marijuana, charas, etc), is the most commonly used
drug in Pakistan in terms of lifetime use and prevalence, followed by heroin, alcohol and
psychotropic substances. Rural/urban Charas/hashish is equally popular in urban and
rural areas. Heroin abuse, however, is conspicuous as more of an urban phenomenon.
Literacy and employment rates heroin abusers, on the average, have six years of
education. Of the total number of heroin users, 43% are unemployed and 26% are
engaged in full-time employment. Age group an examination of social and demographic
factors reveals that 40% of the heroin abusers fall in the age bracket of 25-34 years.
ccupation occupational grouping indicates that the frequency of drug abuse is highest
among people belonging to the skilled and unskilled labour categories (47%), followed
by business persons (16%), agricultural workers (5%) and students (3%). Means of
financial support among drug users, 22% sustain themselves through casual work, 18%
enjoy family support, 16% are beggars, 13% are drug peddlers, and 11% resort to petty
thefts and pick-pocketing. 'Gender' for most drug types, abuse is not as common and
pervasive among women as it is among the male population. Psychotropic substances are
the most common drugs of abuse among women. It has also been found that women
comprise only 3% of the total number of patients being reported, making it an important
area for intensive research.

Famouse religuse schuler & analist Mr. S M Qadri says, Current drug use Among heroin
users, 77% report using the drug on a daily basis. As for hashish/charas, 41% use it on a
daily basis and 34% occasionally. Alcohol consumption remains more varied. However,
most of the respondents (76%) report consuming alcohol twice or thrice a week or less,
with only 10% reporting consumption for five or more days a week. Other significant
drugs include opium and tranquilizers, which are currently being used by a quarter of all
respondents. Treatment and Rehabilitation As for treatment and rehabilitation, 64% of the
respondents report difficulties in getting treatment. For an overwhelming majority (80%),
treatment is unaffordable. Lack of in-patient facilities in government hospitals is cited as
the major deterrent for treatment by 23% of the respondents. Forty-four percent have
received treatment for a drug problem at some stage in their lives. Ninety six percent
have been treated for heroin addiction. Most of the addicts did not receive intensive or
sustained therapy

Can we win the war on drugs this way? We could win the war on drugs if we could be
successful in at least one of three areas: We could stop drug production On December 28,
1992 ABC Television aired a major special on the drug war in Bolivia which, according
to the Bush Administration, is our 'best hope' for winning the drug war in South America.
They concluded decisively that there was no hope and that the war on drug production
has already been lost.

By the US Federal Government's own estimates, the entire United States consumption of
illegal drugs could be supplied by approximately one percent of the worldwide drug crop.
In their best year, US Drug Enforcement Agents working together with foreign
governments seized about one percent of the worldwide drug crop, leaving 99 percent
free to supply the US. The US Government also states that, in the unlikely event that drug
production was stopped in South America, several countries would suffer a major
economic collapse. There is no credible evidence anywhere to suggest that there is any
possibility that drug production can be eliminated in other countries.

We could stop drugs at the border. No. Any examination of the statistics regarding border
interdiction shows quite clearly that border interdiction is an expensive failure. In 1990,
the General Accounting Office completed a major study on border interdiction. They
reported that border interdiction was a waste of money and that no conceivable increase
in funding or effort would make it any better. In 1988, Stirling Johson, the Federal
prosecutor for New York, stated that the police would have to increase drug seizures by at
least 1,400 percent to have any impact at all on the drug market, assuming there were no
corresponding increases in production. That was before the police busted twenty tons of
cocaine in a single location and had to revise all their estimates of the cocaine market
upward.

The best Federal Government evidence has concluded that there is no way to stop, or
even greatly reduce, either production of drugs in foreign countries. There is no credible
evidence anywhere that we could stop, or even greatly reduce, the flow of drugs across
our borders. In fact, all of the Federal Government's own evidence shows that this is
impossible and it is a waste of money to try. Sealing the Borders: The Effects of
Increased Military Participation in Drug Interdiction, Peter Reuter, The Rand
Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 1988. Drug Control: Impact of the Department of
Defense's Detection and Monitoring on Cocaine Flows,' General Accounting Office,
September 19, 1991. See also General Accounting Office Reports - the many reports on
drug interdiction and related topics Problems Associated with drug abuse In all provinces
(both urban and rural locales), heroin has been identified as the drug predominantly
responsible for creating unrest in the society. Alcohol has been rated at number two.
Whilst cannabis is the most commonly used drug in all areas, respondents do not
necessarily perceive it as a cause of social upheaval. However, in some areas, cannabis-
related troubles have been reported.

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