Society and Norms: Medicinal and Healing Practices - Addiction

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Drug addiction has become a major concern for the Pakistani government because increasing numbers of addicts are university students. To combat the problem, Pakistan opened government run detoxification centers that have helped some addicts recover [34]. Outbreaks of HIV/AIDS among intravenous users have also increased due to needle sharing. Other concerns with drug use are increased infection rates of Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C.

The most common drugs used in Pakistan are opium, heroine, morphine, cannabis and hashish. Newer trends among the younger population are the use of synthetic drugs (e.g. Ecstasy) and prescription pills [35].


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