Drug addiction is growing in Pakistan at an alarming pace. Drugs are traded, used, sold, and consumed in Pakistan despite most of them being illegal.
In this article, we will share the top 5 illegal drugs sold in Pakistan.
It is most common drug sold in Pakistan. Over 4 million Pakistanis consume it, not realizing its adverse effects. Overuse of Cannabis affects the mental & physical health of the consumer. It affects the judgment of the individual and diminishes the willpower. Karachi was even ranked as the second-largest consumer of cannabis or marijuana among 120 cities around the world.
The Crystal Meth is the chemical compound, the chemical name of Crystal Meth is Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, although, new in Pakistan the drug is being popular among upper-class junkies because of its high cost in the country. The drug is the white crystal which is sniffed through the nose, smoked or injected with the needle into the body. However, the drug could be a replica in Pakistan coupled with elevated danger associated with it, because of its growing demand and high-cost people can find fake crystal meth which could take the lives straight away.
Heroin is another drug which is widely sold in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that reportedly there is a Smuggler’s Bazar in KPK. Through this Bazaar openly goods are imported into the country. Heroin is one of the imported goods that enter into Peshawar through this Bazar. As per UNODC over 800,000 Pakistanis aged between the ages of 15 and 64 use heroin on a regular basis.
Cocaine is another drug that is sold, used and consumed in Pakistan. Crystal meth users are relatively in small number in Pakistan but the smuggling of cocaine is increasing day by day. A recent report revealed that in the post areas of Islamabad cocaine is sold openly on petrol pumps or busy markets without any fear of the police. It was also revealed that in Pakistan one gram of cocaine cost around Rs. 12, 000 to Rs. 18, 000 depending on its quality. Also, drug dealers have an easy access to the educational institutions of Pakistan where cocaine and other drugs are sold to the students.
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The newest drug that is being used in Pakistan is ecstasy. It has become highly popular in elite urban areas of Pakistan. It comes under different brand names like Orange Owl, Dutch Lion, Breaking Bad, Rock n Roll, Euro, Nintendo, Love Doves, Mad Bastards, Lightning Bolts, Yellow 007, Red Ferrari etc. It is an extremely expensive drug costing around Rs2500-3000 and it is used highly in dance parties in Pakistan. Most of the young people who consume it are of age 16 to 26. The consumption of this drug can cause brain damage, irritability, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, schizophrenia and can also force an individual to commit suicide.