CHINIOT - The World Anti-Narcotics Day was observed here in the city on Tuesday.
The walk was started from Shaheen Foundation School and after passing through different roads and streets ended at Rajoa Chowk.
To highlight the social and health problems caused by drug addiction, District Health Officer Dr Munir Ahmad Malik, DDO-Social Welfare Zafar Abbas, Transparent NGOs Network Coordinator Mohsin Ali, CWS Executive Director Aurang Zeb Malik, Ujala Welfare Society President Jafir Ali, Mukhtar Ahmad, Abdul Rehman Kalyar and Ali Raza Asif said that poverty, unemployment and desperation were key reasons for youth falling prey to drugs.
They said that there were about 1.5 million drug addicts in the country whose number was increasing day-by-day.
They also expressed their concern over increasing drug trafficking in city and demanded to District Police for elimination of the nefarious trade.
They said that Anti-Narcotics Force was not only working against for drug peddlers but also established a network of 300 NGOs for awareness creation in the society at tehsil and district level.
The speakers pledged that the government agencies should make effective collaboration with other stakeholders like civil society organizations, media, lawyers, to evolve a comprehensive strategy to cope with drug issue and a long term policy should be made and implemented with letter and spirit.
The walk was participated by a large number of people from different walks of life including students, teachers, journalists, civil society organizations representatives and community members.