Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) organized an event named “JSMU against Drug abuse” on the directive of Department of Universities and Boards, Government of Sindh.
The event aimed to raise awareness and educate students and faculty members about the harmful effects of drug abuse and the ways to live a healthy life.
The program featured a panel discussion with famous cricketer Azam Khan, sports anchor Najeeb ul Hasnain and senior sports journalist Rishad Mehmood, who shared their insights and experiences on the topic. They also interacted with the audience and answered their questions.
Cricketer Azam Khan expressed his strong opposition to drug abuse, saying that life is a precious gift that should not be wasted on addiction, which harms both the addicts and their families.
Wajid Ali from Humraz Foundation shared his own experiences as a former drug addict who was able to overcome his addiction with the kindness and generosity of a doctor and decided to pay it forward by advocating against drug abuse among the youth.
Vice Chancellor Professor Amjad Siraj Memon praised the event and said that JSMU is committed to promoting a drug-free culture in the society. He recounted events from his own university days and especially cautioned the hostelites, both girls and boys, to keep away from bad company. He spoke about the prescription drugs and injections being abused by students and warned about their harmful effects. He also pointed out that according to the Anti Narcotics Force, every one out of three drug users is a woman however, only one of out of five drug users seeking treatment is a woman.
Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Saadia Akram said that through engaging activities and interactive sessions, JSMU creates a safe and supportive environment, encouraging students to actively participate in the fight against drug abuse.
Associate Professor Dr Humera Ansar gave a lecture on drug abuse, its causes, consequences and prevention strategies. She quoted a research article saying that every year half a million drug addicts are added to the existing burden in Pakistan, with a majority of them being between 18 and 25 years of age. She also gave a low down on prevalent drugs and their street names and brands and told the gathering that about 7 million people in Pakistan are documented as drug abusers out of whom 4 million use cannabis while 2.7 million use opioids.
Dr Marium Azfar moderated the event. Registrar Dr Azam Khan presented a vote of thanks to the guests, organizers and participants. Asfiya Aziz, Additional Director of office of communication, was the chief organizer of the event. She thanked the media partners and volunteers for their cooperation and contribution.
A poster competition was the main activity of the campaign which was won by Abeera Saleem of MBBS program, while Areeba Khan and Kashaf Musavi were the second and third runners up respectively.
The audience also praised a documentary on drug abuse prevention made by IPS Student Sameer Ali, which was shown. A large number of students, faculty members, staff and media representatives were present.
The event was part of JSMU’s ongoing efforts to create a healthy and positive environment for its students and staff. JSMU is one of the leading medical universities in Pakistan, offering quality education and research in various fields of health sciences.