Illicit Trafficking, Drug Abuse Poses Threat To Communities: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif mentioned globally, illicit trafficking and drug abuse posed grave threats to the protection, well being, and welfare of communities

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – twenty sixth Jun, 2022 ) :Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif mentioned globally, illicit trafficking and drug abuse posed grave threats to the protection, well being, and welfare of communities.

In a message on the event of International Day in opposition to Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, he mentioned, “In times of health and humanitarian crises, it is imperative to strengthen action against drug abuse and mitigate its impacts on all segments of society.” “Illicit trafficking and criminal networks undermine the rule of law and erode the fabric of society. Pakistan’s geographic location and proximity to trafficking routes increase the threats posed by illicit drugs.” The PM mentioned the simple availability of artificial medication posed risks to most of the people – particularly the youth, which made up greater than 60% of Pakistan’s inhabitants.

“We must work collectively to protect young people from the risks of drug abuse and safeguard their health and well being. Pakistan has shown unwavering commitment to addressing the challenges stemming from illicit drugs, and we are working closely with international organizations for this purpose.” International cooperation and collaboration, in his opinion, helped restrict the proliferation of life-threatening illicit medication, he mentioned, including Pakistan was a signatory to all international conventions and protocols associated to the prevention of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and had signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with virtually forty international locations on the problem of illicit drug trafficking and “we are committed to fulfilling our global commitments”.

“The socioeconomic impact of drug use on families, society and country is enormous. It also increases the burden on the existing health services, not only related to the treatment of drug dependents but also drug associated diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B&C.” “In my view, preventing drug use before it begins is the most cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities.” He mentioned younger folks deserved each alternative to appreciate their full potential and it was the accountability of presidency and society to offer them the chance to take action.

“On this International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we reaffirm our commitment to proactively limiting drug abuse and illicit trafficking. I would direct the Ministry of Narcotics Control to take effective measures to promote safer, drug-free communities and address the challenges of illicit drugs.””Our media and civil society organizations have great role to play in raising awareness in this regard. Together we have to undertake the mission of achieving drug-free Pakistan.”

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