Govt to evolve robust anti-drug policy to save youth, says PM Imran

Govt to evolve robust anti-drug policy to save youth, says PM Imran

Rawalpindi (Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that the government will devise a strategy to check drug abuse among youth and save the future generations.

Addressing at an event at Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Headquarters in Chaklala, the premier said that corruption and narcotics a “cancer of society”.

PM Imran said that the government will run an anti-drug campaign across the country and the entire nation will fight this menace as a united force.

“Relevant ministries, including education and health, would be taken onboard to chalk-out the policy in view of growing trend of drug abuse at educational institutes,” the premier said.

PM Imran said he would call a meeting next week to discuss ways to address the challenge of narcotics on urgent basis.

The prime minister urged the need for raising awareness among masses, particularly youth, about the negative impacts of drugs in personal and social lives.

“We have to save our next generations from the shackles of drug abuse,” said Khan, expressing concern over high number of cases of drug addicts reported at schools and universities.

He said as informed by Inspector General of Police, the situation of the use of synthetic drug ‘ice’ by schoolchildren besides university students was alarming as it could leave a disastrous impact on their education and health.

Imran Khan said narcotics acted like a “silent killer” due to its damage inflicted upon the addicts and the society.

“Seven million drug addicts in the country in fact meant suffering and misery of the same number of families,” the PM noted.

Khan said society had a significant role in promotion of negative trends by accepting earning of money through illegal ways and corruption.

He said said the government would enhance the flow of resources required to counter menace of drug abuse in the country.

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated ANF for its services in eradicating drug abuse.

“However the efforts of an institution alone cannot produce results unless the efforts put in by society itself as the biggest deterrent,” the PM asserted.