MULTAN - Speakers at a World Anti-Narcotics Day seminar and rally disclosed on Tuesday that the total number of addicts in Pakistan stood at 10 million while six lac others were becoming addict of different drugs every year. The seminar and rally were jointly organised by Anti-Narcotics Force, Deep Organization and Sajid Memorial Youth Club. The rally started from Mahmoodabad and participants marched up to Qasimpur Colony. Addressing the seminar, Naem Arshad, Syed Mahmood Nabi, Dr Safdar, Dr Nisar, Shahid Mahmood Ansari and others disclosed that out of total addicts, at least 25 percent were women, 60 percent youngsters and five percent children. They said that a horrible rise in use of drugs was observed in Pakistan which was alarming for the government and society. They urged upon the government and civil society to join hands for launching a concerted effort to counter the spread of drugs in the society. They said that addiction to any drug was a curable problem. The addicts deserve our attention instead of hatred. We can make them useful citizens, they added. Referring to the issues contributing to the spread of narcotics in society, they pointed out that poverty, unemployment, ignorance and hopelessness were the major causes inclining the citizens towards drugs. They said that the youth could be saved from drugs by creating awareness among them on the dangerous impacts of narcotics. They pointed out that although the use of heroine had declined because of efforts of ANF and NGOs, the use of other items like cigarette, paan, gutka, liquor, opium, charas and naswar had increased.