6.7 million Drug users in Pakistan: UNODC

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Islamabad: A survey of drug use in the region in Pakistan has revealed that 6.7 million adults or six per cent of the population aged 16 to 64 used drugs in the last 12 months.

According to the report, ‘Drug Use in Pakistan 2013’, released in Islamabad by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) prepared with the help of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and the Narcotics Control Division (NCD).

Presenting the report, Cesar Guedes, representative UNODC, said 78 per cent were men while 22 per cent were women. Of the 6.7 million users, 4.25 million were drug dependent. Charas, a resin obtained from marijuana was used by four million people and heroin by 860,000. In addition, injecting drug users numbered 430,000.

With 74 per cent of the world’s poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, Pakistan was a victim as drugs were routed through here, said Mohammed Shahid, director-general, planning and monitoring unit of the Ministry of Narcotics Control.