LAHORE - Only one out of 300 drug addicts have access to treatment facilities in Pakistan, said Muhammad Ayub, senior adviser Colombo Plan while speaking at a workshop on drug use prevention at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Tuesday.

Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH) arranged the event for journalists. Similar events will be arranged for Excise and Taxation Department officials and Policemen on Wednesday and Thursday.    Consultant Anti Drugs/Narcotics Campaign and Director DATH Syed Zulfiqar Hussain also addressed the workshop. 

“Out of nine million drug users in Pakistan, 4.25 million are addicts.  Total bed capacity for treatment is just 3000.  Only 15000 addicts could be treated in a year if all centres are run to maximum capacity”, said Muhammad Ayub, adding, there was a dire need of improving treatment facilities.