Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017
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45% Pakistanis have addict neighbors:Survey

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Islamabad: Atleast 45% Pakistanis claim that someone in their neighborhood/mohallah faces an addiction problem, revealed findings of a survey conducted by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan.

In the survey a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Does anyone in your neighborhood/mohallah have an addiction problem? In response, 45% said yes there was someone around them having an addiction problem and 55% said no.

Drug abuse/substance abuse is a considerable health issue in Pakistan. According to a 2013 report by the UN, around 6.7 million people in Pakistan are drug addicts, which peaked to 8.9 million in 2015. It is estimated that drugs kill nearly 700 people per day. These numbers are much more than any other epidemic or disease that kills people in Pakistan.

In the survey the question was asked: “Does anyone in your neighborhood/mohallah have an addiction problem?”

It said addiction can have different meaning for different people. Some respondents may include substances which are not legally described as “drugs”. Gallup Pakistan would like to add that the results of this survey are strictly perception based and perception is afflicted with “bias”, it said. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1781 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during the last month.s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;

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