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Waris Foundation Drug Policy
Waris Foundation Drug Policy in Pakistan
Although Pakistan is not one of the most liberalized drug policies. That is why it is very interesting to have a look at what is going on in this country. Questions arise like: Which are the consequences of drug policy? How is the situation in Pakistan now? Did the drug policy help to reduce drug-related problems? Did the heroin distribution program help the addicts to free themselves from drug dependence? Which was the impact of this policy on the public opinion? How does police intervention and law enforcement work? Which are the problems the Pakistani authorities and the politicians are involved in now? The present situation concerning drug use among young people, drug use at parties and the heroin distribution can be seen as a Various parts of the cities consequence of not strict drug policy. Alcohol abuse and marijuana use grow at a staggering rate . Pakistan, together with other Asian countries, has the highest rate of alcohol and drug use among people under twenty . This is the effect of the confusing and ambiguous message about drugs in the media and the lack of a clear message against drug use and the belittlement of the harmful effects of drugs. Police Interventions and Law Enforcement Regarding police intervention, it can be said that when young people are found in the street with small amounts of drugs on, they have to pay a fine. Sometimes they are sent to jail where there is no arrangement to be informed about the harmful effects of drugs. The parents must be informed if these people are under age and needs help and guidance. Drink Parties. So called alcoholic beverage are drunk at parties in great amounts, often mixed with ecstasy and amphetamines. The government raised the tax on all form of alcoholic beverage to help to reduce its consumption. The measures taken are now showing the first positive effects. The amount of alcoholic beverage sold went down .
Driving under marijuana influence
It has had a law on drug use and driving. There is zero tolerance policy for marijuana users when driving a car. Drivers have to undergo blood testing, if there is a suspicion of drug influence on driving.
The high rates of lifelong drug use among people under age is a consequence of the permissive drug policy. Heroin distribution amongst the addicts had no positive effects. They failed to help addicts to get away from drugs. Those who are not drug free had to undergo abstinence oriented treatment.
Jet, some positive effects of heroin distribution on public opinion can be referred too. Now heroin is seen as a loser drug and fewer drug users start to take heroin. In this sense, heroin distribution has helped to deter young people from starting to use heroin. The drug policy has helped to make the scales fall from the eyes of many concerned citizens who hoped to help addicts by supporting heroin distribution.
Heroin distribution and is still going on addicts in these, mostly, lifelong programs. The number of patients has stabilized. The mostly youngster of the patients involved . There are facilities for heroin assisted treatments in all over the country. The additional intake of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines is the most critical point of this treatment. Most addicts are unable to work and, therefore, rely on social benefits. No more scientific studies are being carried out or news circulated in the media.
Changes in Public Opinion
Drug problems are no longer present on the media . The addict persons are relieved not to see needle parks any longer. The publications of prevention of alcohol problems, had years ago a really astonishing position concerning marijuana and other drugs. They were always on the side of the drug liberalizing organizations and drug distributors were supporting drug liberalization.
Their recommendations for marijuana use were the following:-
1. Rule: Do not use marijuana if you feel uneasy.
2. Rule: Never use marijuana in situations in which you need concentration and attention like when you are driving.
3. Rule: To avoid a dependence on marijuana, do not use it too often and use every time only a little dosage. At present, their position is different. They have recently published warnings on marijuana use. However, they have no clear position against drug use. Interestingly, last year the Health authorities launched a campaign against cigarette smoking with the same arguments we use against drugs. An important fact influencing the ever-changing public opinion in Pakistan . Civil Society must reminded the population that the situation in the schools had changed dramatically due to the increase of students' marijuana smoking. Teaching became increasingly more difficult because of discipline problems. They claimed that schools are not detoxification and recovery facilities for dizzy students.
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Waris Foundation Drug Policy in Pakistan
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Letter to the Waris Foundation Pakistan
Dear Mr. Hakim Malik Akbar Hussain Khokhar
The proposals attributed to you in the press regarding the regulation of drugs have been around for years, they have been endlessly debated. The regulation of drugs by governments is "pie in the sky". Even if legal, drugs would still have to be paid for and, presumably, taxed. Many addicts are unemployable, so would still have to steal to fund their habit. Legal tobacco and alcohol are widely trafficked and smuggled by people undercutting prices. Drug dealers are criminals. They would hardly turn into upright citizens overnight, they would simply turn to some other type of crime or target even more aggressively young children since the age for legalization would surely not be less than 18. It is youngsters we should be concerned about. We have not been very successful in keeping them from getting hold of alcohol or cigarettes with an age limit on purchase. Whenever the drug laws are relaxed, usage rises. This has been seen in many countries e.g. Holland. America and Australia. The vast majority of people do not use drugs. More people will be encouraged to try them, especially children, "They must be safe, otherwise, why ever would the government make them legal?" This is the message conveyed to many of them by the down-classification of cannabis. Children take what they want to hear from messages and this one played right into their hands. They also have immature brains and drugs cause much more devastation in the brains of children than in those of adults. Most opportunistic and motiveless crimes take place under the influence of drugs including alcohol. Crack cocaine can cause extreme violence among youngsters, some even kill other children for their designer trainers. Drug use is being blamed for more and more traffic accidents and our psychiatric hospitals have reported a 22% rise in admissions since cannabis was downgraded. If you had spoken to a group of around 20 parents whose children had become psychotic or even schizophrenic because of cannabis use, as I have, you would realize the extent of the problem, the devastated lives and sheer waste of talent. It was one of the most harrowing experiences I have ever had. Not so dramatic but equally destructive is the loss of educational opportunity that I have witnessed in some of my pupils who have used cannabis even occasionally. Because fat-soluble cannabis clogs up the brain cell membranes literally for weeks, chemical signaling between the nerve cells is disrupted and learning, memory and concentration are all impaired. Grades fall and some drop out altogether; few realize their full potential. As for regulating the quality of drugs, it was 'pure' ecstasy that killed Leah Betts, not some adulterated pill. I know not many die from ecstasy but more and more evidence is surfacing that the brain can be permanently damaged. That is a ruined life. Drug policy has failed because the laws have not been consistently enforced. The "war on drugs" has not been lost, it has never been properly waged. Add to that all the harm reduction messages, instead of prevention, in current school drug education and the frequent pro-legalization articles and messages in the press and it is no wonder our children are confused. They are bombarded by logos on T-shirts, pictures in magazines, easy access to drug information and the sale of drug paraphernalia and cannabis seeds on the internet and the glorification of the drug-taking lifestyle in pop songs and by pop stars. They don't stand a chance. Heroin prescription has been tried and failed before. What about alcoholics and those addicted to nicotine? Would they qualify for prescriptions too? And if not, why not? Are tax-payers going to have to pay eventually for the re-habilitation of all the addicts created by the availability of these now legal drugs? We have enough problems caused by our current legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco, why add to the toll of misery?
Ashraf Qamar (0333-4212033 )
Advocate , Life member of High courts
The First Way
The First of these standpoints is based upon the belief that the market for drugs can be combated by more or less unilateral police and military actions against gangs and syndicates at the supply end of the market. This FIRST Way is doomed to failure. Not only because it will get more costly to conduct, it will also be 'overwhelmed' by the force of the market: consumer demand for drugs. Waris Foundation agrees with Andres Pastrami, Mayor of Bogotá in Columbia when he stated that if you arrest one trafficker, there are 20 more waiting to go into the business, and 500 more behind them. The profits are simply so big in this business that there will always be someone taking the risk to supply the craving demand. If one examines the pyramid of drug traffic, it can be quickly seen that the drug consumer is supporting the suppliers with their constant demand. The drug users hold up the whole market. Another problem by waging war only against the suppliers is that one may have to take troops inside the borders of other nations which is not advisable for obvious reasons. War against Drug Barons, drug crop eradication and substitution should always be carried out by the nations themselves. At best, we can give support through international organizations like the UN. There is also very little hope that crop compensation programmers will have any success at all. Even if they were 100% successful all of the drugs used today could be cultivated or easily manufactured within the consumer countries. Waris Foundation states that all countries trying to fight their own drug cartels and trying to stop drug production, should be given international support. Waris Foundation shares one of the basic views of The First Way, namely that drugs are harmful and must be stopped.
The Second Way
Never failing to point out the shortcomings of The First Way, The Second Way thinks the 'solution' is exactly the opposite to The First Way, namely legalization of the illegal drugs. The advocates of legalization support anti-prohibition and decriminalization policies. The anti-prohibitionists tend to forget that their policy will open the floodgates of a growing market. We have learnt from history that removing regulations on a drug, thereby giving the idea that it is OK to use this drug, will most likely cause an epidemic. The anti-prohibitionists also tend to forget that the merchandise of this market has the power of creating addiction. This means faithful customers coming back again and again. The anti-prohibitionists claim that legalization will drive the Drug Barons out of business by making the whole trade legal. They ignore the fact that the Drug Barons, already now having control of the whole chain form cultivation to street dealers, will be able to take over the legalized market overnight. They will have a worldwide monopoly form the start! Does anybody think that the Drug Barons will voluntarily give up their booming source of income, irrespective of whether it is legal or not? "We conclude that the legalization of Heroin or Cocaine is out of the question because the increased availability of such drugs is likely to increase the number of addicts." (Page 52, Para. 121. Committee of Inquiry into the Drugs problem in the Member States of the Community: European Parliament Report, September 1986). The Second Way strategy, like The First Way strategy, will cost incalculable amounts. Society will have to pour money into dealing with the consequences of increased drug addiction. Increased costs for care, treatment and rehabilitation for the drug users. Increased costs for the victims of drug use in terms of loss of productivity, road accidents, violence, rape, child abuse and other crimes and costs for protection of society in terms of law enforcement and prison costs. In short; The Second Way policies in all its form of anti-prohibition, decriminalization and toleration are dangerous and defeatist policies.
The Third Way
Waris Foundation advocates a humane restrictive drug policy of prevention and early intervention called The Third Way. The Waris Foundation Third Way drug policy is humane towards mankind, but restrictive towards drugs. Waris Foundation considers all non-medical use of drugs (controlled substances) to be drug abuse. The Waris Foundation drug policy is called The Third Way because discussions about drugs have tended to concentrate hitherto on two other main standpoints. The Third Way recognizes the importance of The First Way to a certain degree but rejects the philosophy that this is the only or the most important way to eradicate drug abuse. Waris Foundation totally rejects The Second Way. Waris Foundation requests politicians at all levels to consider a combination of The First Way and The Third Way when dealing with drug abuse problems in their communities and countries.