The fire of intoxicating drugs has burnt so many homes and ruined so many families and still the masses have no adequate and effective protection against the attacks of these dragons. Thousands of youngsters fall victim to these drugs every year and eventually become an awful nuisance to society. The drugs include opium, morphine, heroin, cocaine, hashish, cannabis, brown sugar, marijuana and all the alcoholic drinks that serve as intoxicants for the people who are addicts. Mental worries, failure in love, psychological problems, inferiority complex, family problems, joblessness, painful illness, financial hardships, bad company and sexual luxury are normally the major causes of drug addiction.
“Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.” Herman, Moby-Dick
The production of drugs, their addiction, and trafficking have become terrible threats to the whole world. In the near past, it was the malady of the developed countries only, but with the progression of time, it has beset the developing countries as well.
Side Effects of Drug Addiction
How use doth breed a habit in a man. Shakespeare
Later on, this use of drugs becomes an addiction and refuses o leave the sufferer. The paralyzing impact of intoxication renders the addicts powerless to do any work or earn their livelihood. As a result, they become desperate and start selling their household possessions or property. After this, they get involved in theft, robbery or even murder in order to buy drugs. Some of them start selling their blood and the majority of them become beggars.
They bring disgrace and humiliation not only on themselves but also on their families. Their physical and mental capabilities degenerated sharply reducing them to totally invalid and worthless citizens of the country. Towards the closing days of their lives, they are condemned to take refuge either in the shrines or graveyards. And one morning, they are found dead somewhere on the road or in the gutter or on the heap of rubbish. Thus, these drugs are slow poisons which ultimately claim the lives of their addicts.
Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of master. Emmon
Drug Producing Countries
“What is evil? Whatever springs from weakness.” Nietzsche
Thailand, Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran are the main countries which produce these drugs abundantly. The government of Pakistan has introduced strict measures to check the production of drugs, but so far has failed to achieve the desired results. The cultivation of poppy crops is still going on though on a limited scale. Our enemies can exploit the drugs in order to defeat us. If our enemies succeed in making our young generation fall into drug addiction, they will not have to fight a war against us. The same strategy was used by the Western people against China. They first made the Chinese opium addicts and then ruled over them for a long period of time.
Drug traffickers also wield big influence in the politics of the country. They become extremely rich by this evil business. Their great wealth helps them extend their influence as far as provincial or national assembly. They provide large funds to the politicians to contest the election and so get their business protected in return. Sometimes drug barons virtually take part in the elections and reach the assemblies or even become ministers. The extremely big mass of black money is admittedly the major cause of inflation in the country.
“Abad habit is first a caller, then a guest, and finally a master.” Drydon
If we want to combat this monstrous evil, we will have to launch a countrywide campaign to inform the children and youngsters, from the very early age, about the exceedingly dangerous effects of drug addiction. Poppy cultivation should be effectively banned. The areas under poppy cultivation should be positively brought under crops of nutritional value. Drug addicts should be provided with the facility of free medical treatment.
A solution of Drug Addicted Person
The problem of unemployment should be solved on emergency grounds. The drug mafia should not be allowed to penetrate into our social and political fibers. The government should keep a close watch on the politicians and police officers who have secret relations with the drug-traffickers. The people who are involved in this nasty business must be awarded capital punishment and their assets should also be frozen or confiscated without fail. We can surely eradicate this evil from our society by creating a strong public opinion against it.
The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex