A seminar on 'Drug Addiction & its Consequences'

A seminar on Drug Addiction & its Consequences held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on January 12, 2018.


The seminar was organized by the PMAS-AAUR Office of the Students Affairs with an aim to create awareness among the youth about the abusive use of drug and its harmful effects.


Prof. Dr Sarwat N Mirza Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR was the chief guest while Brig. Hammad Doggar, Director Northern Region Anti-Narcotics Force was the guest of honor. On the occasion, Dr. Noor ul Zaman Rafiq, CEO Phoenix Foundation for Research & Development (PFRD) Prof. Dr. Khalid Saifullah Principal Officer Directorate of Students Affairs, Dr. Mazhar Bhutta and Dr. Ghulam Hussain Babar of PMAS-AAUR also addressed the audience. The seminar was attended by faculty members and a large number of university students from all faculties and departments. Brig. Hammad Doggar stressed the need of collective efforts- the way out of addiction through educating and creating awareness among the youth the harmful effects of abusive drugs. He advised the students to avoid the myths leading to drug usage and said, “Drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, Listen to your inner voice and choose the pathways leading to successful and healthy life.”


Prof. Dr Sarwat N Mirza, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR emphasized the need of changing societies through attitude, by promoting the religious values and establishing strong social interactive system with family and friends to get rid of the evils from our society. He urged the students to beware the gateways leading to the usage of drugs and involves themselves in healthy activities and said, "Youth is the future of our country and we all must have to play role as an individual, teachers and parents in pulling out the drug addicts."


Speakers emphasized on reforms through enforcement of law and promotion of objectivity principles and values to earn a respectable life. They were in view that drug addiction is not a social evil indeed it is a serious disease which requires prevention as well as cure.


Talking on the most alarming situation and harsh facts they said, “67% of the university students are adversely affected by the abusive use of drugs and about 7.6 Million people in Pakistan are drug addictive out of which 78% are male and 22 % are female. Moreover, 1.4 million people in Pakistan depend upon the abusive use of drugs.