Drug Addiction in Pakistan

in Substance Abuse

In 2011, there were an estimated 9.6 million drug abusers in Pakistan. 1.5 million people in the country abused opium, while 750,000 people were addicted to heroin. 200,000 injected themselves with drugs.

10 percent of college students and 40 percent of the prison population abuses drugs in Pakistan, according to medical experts.

The domestic market in illegal drugs in Pakistan is estimated to be worth $1.5 Billion. Global drug trafficking through Pakistan is estimated to be worth $4.8 Billion.

Source: Muhammad Qasim, “Drug addiction increasing alarmingly,” News International, June 26, 2012.

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