The prevalence of narcotics and other drugs in society has become a challenge for all countries. So too has the nexus between drug trafficking and transnational organised crime with billions of dollars moving around the world to fund further criminal activity and terrorism.
Sharing a 2,430 km border with Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of illegal opium, has made Pakistan more vulnerable to drug trafficking and drug use. Cannabis is also grown in huge quantities in the region with the majority originating from Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s illicit opium. Almost 45 percent i.e. 2,100 metric tons of Afghan opium or 210 tons of heroin, transits into and through Pakistan annually.
Drug use in Pakistan has grown substantially. It is believed that at least 8 million people are addicted to narcotics. The impact is far beyond this number when the impact of families of drug users is taken into account. Rehabilitation facilities for addicts are scarce and those that exist are not well funded. This leaves addicts and their families to a grim future. Our team conducts assessments and analysis on the complex issues to assist in addressing the national and regional challenges.
- Research and analysis on drug production and implications
- National and regional research on use and distribution of drug users
- Research and analysis on the nexus between drugs, transnational crime, and terrorism
- Capacity building and training of key authorities
- Preventative mechanisms
- Societal response
- Rehabilitation solutions for addicts
- Associated health Issues and family wellbeing