The Anti-Narcotics Welfare Society arranged a motorcycle rally in connection with ‘International Drug Eradication Day’ to highlight the hazards of drugs addiction here the other day. The rally was led by Wazirabad Welfare Society President Imtiaz Azhar Bagri, City Police SHO Muhammad Ashfaq Pehalwan, Punjab ANF Inspector Asim Raza, ANWS President Muhammad Jameel Cheema, Imran Rasool Butt, Iftikhar Ahmad Butt and DDO Social Welfare Ameer Aftab Ahmad. The rally started from Hajipura Chowk and after marching through Sialkot Road, Lahori Gate and Main Bazaar ended near Musamman Burj. The rally participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed different slogans against drug abuse.Earlier, addressing the participants, speakers said communities could play a vital role in addressing the drug challenge. “Prevention starts with a community that cares about the vulnerable and it involves families, teachers, youth leaders and mentors, among others. They said that sheesha cafés were a new threat to young generation. “These cafés provide all sorts of facilities to clients where people can use soft drugs in a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere,” they added. They said that it was shocking that the use of Charas increased rapidly even among women and young girls. These addicts consume drug worth millions of rupees, thus wasting huge amount besides damaging health and disturbing the lives of other family members. They injected narcotics and out of these 80 per cent use common syringe, thus causing rapid increase in fatal diseases like HIV/Aids, hepatitis and cancer, they said.