Islamabad, October 11, 2017 (PPI-OT): According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan, 45% Pakistanis claim that someone in their neighbourhood/mohallah faces an addiction problem. A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Does anyone in your neighbourhood/mohallah have an addiction problem? In response, 45% said yes there was someone around them having an addiction problem and 55% said no.
Drug abuse/substance abuse is a considerable health issue in Pakistan. According to a 2013 report by the UN, around 6.7 million people in Pakistan are drug addicts, which peaked to 8.9 million in 2015. It is estimated that drugs kill nearly 700 people per day. These numbers are much more than any other epidemic or disease that kills people in Pakistan.
Some respondents may include substances which are not legally described as “drugs”. Gallup Pakistan would like to add that the results of this survey are strictly perception based and perception is afflicted with “bias”. We intend to delve deeper into this issue in future press releases.
The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1781 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during September 11 – September 18, 2017. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.
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