Drugs And Alcohol – Watch Out

Don%27t%20Do%20Drugs.jpgThe use of drugs and alcohol amongst Islamabad’s affluent teenagers has assumed alarming portions due to the ‘affordable’ and easy availability of the products fuelling the capital’s late night partying culture. Drug users and their rehabilitators reveal that the supply of these products is so high that despite the higher demand the prices are steadily falling. The Pakistani capital has become a haven for drug peddlers and bootleggers who are making millions as the dark business is shining. Whilst the prices of daily use items have risen significantly over the last one year, there has been a sharp drop in the prices of Ecstasy pills, marijuana, heroin and liquid chemical in the same period making it ‘affordable’ even for teens without fat wallets.

The price of the ecstasy pills, for example, was Rs 1,100 per pill until the middle of last year. Today it is available for Rs 350-the price of an average, single meal at a fast food outlet. According to psychologists, use of such substances by young people can make them vulnerable to predators since their natural defense mechanism and judgment are lowered and they are in a state of heightened excitement.

The other most commonly used, and much cheaper, drug is hash, which is available for Rs 14,000 to Rs 35,000 per kg depending on its quality. Normally, a supply of Rs 1,000 can be sufficient for a week for two friends. A variety of alcohol is also available at your doorstep if you can afford it. This includes from fine wines to premier whiskies to non-purified single mart to locally manufactured and imported beer.

The prices of alcohol range from as low as Rs 100 bottle of Murree Brewery beer to Rs 21,000 a bottle of Royal Salute. According to a recent report, the use of drugs is the fastest spreading among the students of most some universities of Islamabad.

Students claim that cigarette and joints are considered an important part of the educational activities in present time. They believe, as they spend their life in a strict environment up to their intermediate level and when they get admission into universities it means they are getting into an established system of having hash and puff.

However most don’t realize that addiction to alcohol, hash and cigarette can cause weight and hair loss, in addition to many other problems.

I would humbly request parents to keep an eye on the activities of their children. Try to observe change in behavioral patterns if any. Also look out for any change in health or physical appearance. Parents need to take the time to observe and ask about what their children are watching and listening to, keep a watch on his\her friends, and draw clear boundaries about what’s unacceptable and why. The why part is the most important one, which unfortunately parents do not have the patience to explain. They also need to encourage their children to take part in healthy physical sports and activities. Nowadays, parents hardly value the importance of sports, and same goes for make shift schools and universities. Spend time with your kids, and make sure they are more comfortable communicating their issues with you than any one else.

8 Comments so far

  1. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    Islooiites I must warn that this is simply NOT a coincidence. This is a well-planned attack on the secular and moderate class of the society. They want to make our children addicted to drugs so they loose track of their life and ambitions. It is more of a sustained yet much more deadly attack.

    This is also few MNA’s have suggested to legalize alcohol, so at least the young adults have an alternative. Use a small evil to get rid of the bigger evil.

    Also parents must watch out and save their kids and save nations future, otherwise I am afraid we might just be looking at the tip of the iceberg.

  2. Pothead (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Its a scientific fact that hash isnt addictive. Also, its less harmful than common smoking and alcohol and many other such stuff. Thats why its legal in many places in the world. Some places have even legalized it so that smoking can be reduced. Yes, it reduces the urge to smoke. Infact it has alot of other good effects. Doctors all over the world prescribe marijuana based treatments for many disorders. Responsible use can lead to a more productive way of living. Its the abuse thats dangerous. But come to think of it abuse of anything is dangerous. So, you guys should get your facts straight before starting to cry out to parents of the nation for the tip of the iceberg and blah blah blah… You know the nations where alcohol and even marijuana is legal are the nations churning out the best scientists and scholars of the world. What has banning alcohol and other such stuff done for our country? I still see some of the most rude and ill-mannered youth in our society(not that its not the case with others but still, does it make a difference?). And you know when you label something as wrong, its a well established psychological fact that teenagers and young adults (or anyone, for that matter) will try to indulge in it. If you want to check this out first hand, go ahead and tell a small child that doing this or that(a benign small thing, for example playing with a certain toy) is wrong, and watch them go for it as soon as you look away.

  3. SELF (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    “Infact it has alot of other good effects.”

    Do you work for the hash company? :)

    Once users of one drug stop getting their kick out of it they can move to another more stronger drug. Better avoid them completely.

  4. SELF (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    kia baat hai bhui, meray comments kion censor ho rahay hain? Kia guna kia hum nain?

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    Countries are churning out the best scientists in the world, not because they allow drugs, but because they have better education systems. So get your facts staright first, because your logic of comparision is irrelevant, Ignoratio Elenchi to be precise.

    United states is world’s largest consumer of cocaine, shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean; consumer of heroin, marijuana, and increasingly methamphetamine from Mexico; consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetaminethe. Their Drug offences: 560.1 per 100,000 people. Narcotics is causing its economy trillions of dollars.

    In case of Pakistan opium poppy cultivation declined 58% to 3,147 hectares in 2005; federal and provincial authorities continue to conduct anti-poppy campaigns that force eradication – fines and arrests will take place if the ban on poppy cultivation is not observed; key transit point for Afghan drugs, including heroin, opium, morphine, and hashish, bound for Western markets, the Gulf States, and Africa; financial crimes related to drug trafficking, terrorism,corruption, and smuggling remain problems.

    The important thing is to educate kids, or atleast direct them to the proper education resource to find out the truth themselves, and then assess what’s best for them. Simply stopping them might help but not entirely

  6. FHd (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    The reason alcohol and other drugs are and should be banned from pakistan is because of its full name , i.e. “ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN” and because of our religion i.e. ISLAM (if you may forget).
    Allowing them to be used freely and legally is against the commands of ALLAH and if a ruler of an Islamic state does these things very soon (sooner than you even think) ALLAH’s “Azaab” will come on such country. Comeon guys I’m stunt that how soon we forget the Earth quakes of Kashmir ………!!!!!!!

  7. 1967 (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    @FHD : I respect your opinion, but don’t know what you are “stunt” about. I guess when it comes to punishment by natural disasters, for a more clear understanding why don’t you go here

  8. Faisal (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 6:45 am

    Easy come easy go. when parents are busy making money, kids of course look for a way to spend it. Its all about balance of and by the nature. And yes despite all the science that i have been through, i also believe that natural disasters are a warning for us, as whatever strong we may get, we can never fight the forces of nature. Humans are but a tiny part of this universe!

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