The terrifying increase in the consumption of drugs, specifically cannabis among the youth of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi is becoming a major issue. Our government does not seem to pay any attention to the fact that these drugs are so widely and inexpensively available, usually just one text or call away.

Many start as early as 12, following the footsteps of their older brothers, friends or even uncles. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Report in 2013 Validates that Cannabis is consumed by 3.6% of the population in Pakistan, aged between 15 and 64. In Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the ‘high’ culture is spreading like a disease. Addiction is becoming a new trend and described as “cool” by the consumers. It is my request to the authorities concerned to address this issue as soon as possible.

MISHAL KAMRAN,

Islamabad, October 25.