FAISALABAD (APP): Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Dogar, psychologist and mental health expert, has said that drug addiction claims the lives of 700 people daily in Pakistan and the growing trend of drug addiction among the youth will push society towards darkness.

Addressing a narcotics awareness seminar, arranged by the Department of Rural Sociology, the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) here on Wednesday, he said drug addiction and video games were posing serious threats to the lives of the young generation by causing depression and other diseases. He said that besides traditional drugs, ice, and internet video games addiction had taken root in society and was spreading the darkness of anxiety and other diseases.

Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Khalid Mushtaq said that parents should pay special attention to their children so that they can play an active role in national development.

Chairman Rural Sociology Dr. Izhar Ahmad Khan said that the building of students had been the special focus of the UAF. “We have to promote the culture of positive activities that would eliminate the evils including drug addiction,” he added.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Shahab Aslam said nature had blessed our nation with immense abilities. He added that if their abilities are directed towards positive issues, the country can progress rapidly.

Assistant Director Anti-Narcotics Force Salman said that his organization was taking all possible steps to prevent drugs.

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