100 bed Addiction Treatment Centre in the premises of Punjab Institute of Mental Health

Published on May 4, 2012 at 5:46 am

100 bed Addiction Treatment Centre in the premises of Punjab Institute of Mental Health

Friday, May 04, 2012

LAHORE  – The Punjab government has approved setting up of a 100 bed Addiction Treatment Centre in the premises of Punjab Institute of Mental Health, here.  This was disclosed by the Project Director Drug Free City Lahore Project, Muhammad Altaf Qamar while addressing an award giving ceremony to admire the performance of enforcement agencies and NGOs working in collaboration with the project, here at police lines, said a hand out on Thursday.

CCPO Lahore Muhammad Aslam Tareen and Regional Director Anti-Narcotics Force Lahore Brig Shahid Afzal also attended the function.  The Project Director Drug Free City Lahore Project said besides, special wards comprising 20 beds each would be established in 10 teaching hospitals of Lahore, which would be equipped with modern treatment facilities for the addicts.

Lahore Police, ANF Lahore and Excise Department Punjab were respectively declared first, second and third for effective enforcement of anti-narcotics activities while commendation certificates and cash prizes were also awarded to various NGOs associated with the awareness campaign against the use of narcotics in the society. These NGOs included Tanzeem Al-Fajar, Ahsaas for Life, Muslim Welfare Society, Pak Youth Welfare Council, Anti-Narcotics Youth Force, Safe Child Foundation, Global Welfare Organization and “Sanjog” for their invaluable services for drug demand reduction through awareness programmes held in different educational institutions of Lahore.

It was said there that 10,000 cases pertaining to drug trafficking were registered in Lahore city during the last year. Nine thousand drug traffickers were arrested and a huge quantity of narcotics confiscated. During the first quarter of the current calendar year, 2378 cases pertaining to drug trafficking were registered in Lahore and 2450 drug paddlers were arrested. 17.5 kilograms opium, 75.5 kg heroin, 309 kg hashish and 15600 bottles of liquor were recovered during the last three months while the NGOs associated with the Drug Free Lahore Project held 174 awareness programmes during this period through which three million citizens were approached out of 11 million population of the provincial metropolis.

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