According to Pakistan's 🇵🇰 Crime Investigation Agency, an estimated 50% of students from Islamabad’s 113 colleges are #Drug
Of a total of 1.673kg ice #Seized
in 2018, anti-narcotics agents say 1.357kg was seized from #Educational
The Model Addicts Treatment & Rehabilitation Centre in Islamabad #Extended
its treatment age to #Include
the 18-35 year age group when previously it only offered treatment to those about 35 years of age.
38 year old Muneeb Hassan who is the eldest #Son of a retired bureaucrat & is currently under treatment at a private rehabilitation clinic in Islamabad says #Sector
G-7, G-8, G-12, H-8 & F-9 localities are notorious for drug sales, adding that #Students
of schools, colleges & universities purchase drugs from these areas.
Crystal is a #Popular
drug among youth in Islamabad, he added. Hassan says law enforcement agencies are well-informed of the market for illegal drugs in these parts of Islamabad but have #Never
taken the issue seriously.
Fatima Ali, a psychiatrist at a Model Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (MATRC) in Islamabad says if around 70% of young #Men
boys use drugs, then about 30% of young #Women
do so as well but treatment is more inaccessible for them.
Saima Bibi, #Began
smoking hashish with friends at the start of her professional career. Soon after, the 26 year old MBA graduate 🎓 started using #Heavier
drugs including ice. Her physical & mental health began deteriorating.
6 months ago her colleagues intervened by approaching an NGO which works with female drug users & she is now under rehabilitation. Saima began working to support her parents, said an NGO representative, but #Lost
her job because of drug use. It remains difficult to communicate directly with Saima & female addicts because of the #Taboo
surrounding female drug use.
Students from more #Liberal
backgrounds, however, use drugs recreationally or to escape from a sense of purposelessness. Nisa says elite students are more exposed to drugs like ice because they can afford them, A psychiatrist with PsychAid-Islamabad 🇵🇰 Fakhrun Nisa said.
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