Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says Pakistan is working closely with international organizations to address the challenges stemming from illicit drugs.
In a message on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, being observed today (Sunday), he said Pakistan is a signatory to all global conventions and protocols related to prevention of drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
The Prime Minister said easy availability of synthetic drugs pose dangers to the general public, especially the youth, which make up more than sixty percent of Pakistan's population.
He said we must work collectively to protect young people from the risks of drug abuse and safeguard their health and wellbeing.
The Prime Minister said preventing drug use before it begins is the most cost-effective, common-sense approach to promote safe and healthy communities.
President Dr Arif Alvi, in his message on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, has stressed the need to sensitize students and parents about drug abuse through workshops and seminars with help of media, civil society and educational institutions.
He said the Higher Education Commission has already been directed to implement a strict policy to counter drug abuse in higher educational institutions.
The President commended the Ministry of Narcotics Control for the measures it has taken to combat the trafficking of illicit drugs and mitigating the detrimental impacts of drug abuse.
He said we are committed to make Pakistan a model country in the region and beyond, in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is being observed today across the globe to prevent drug abuse and raise awareness about the alarming threats it poses to society, especially the youth.