Since 1970 drug abuse, in general and heroin addiction, in particular, has been spreading in Pakistan at an alarmingly fast rate. It is now posing a serious threat to the social family set up of the nation which seems to stay for long as there is a lot to do with scarce finances for its control and eradication. The problem has to be addressed realistically since it requires concerted and continuous efforts on the part of all concerned: governmental and non-governmental organizations, parliamentarians, civil society members and religious leaders. According to a recent survey the drug addiction is on the rise as the number of drug users in Pakistan has gone up from 50000 in 1980 to 8,100,000 in 2011 affecting around 20 Million dependents and family members with psychological, social, and economic repercussions.
Keeping in view the seriousness of the issue, Resource Organization for Advancement and Development ROAD-NGO has made enormous efforts to eliminate drugs throughout the province. In order to combat Drug Addiction and to get the desired results the organization followed a three-pronged strategy comprising of, but was not limited to, the following:
- Conducting walks, seminars and Training/awareness campaigns.
- Counseling of the drug-addicts and their families and guiding them to rehabilitation centers.
- Fund raising campaigns for the needy and poor affected families so that they could be saved from vulnerability to other hazardous social evils.
Small projects ranging from awareness activities and, counseling to seminars and workshops were carried out throughout the province especially in the targeted districts of. Mardan, Swat, Malakand, and Peshawar.
It was observed that some children were affected by this social evil as well as the young section of community. No female drug addicts were reported which is a good sign.