Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention at Punjab Group of Colleges

A seminar on "Drug Abuse Prevention" was conducted for the students of Punjab Group of Colleges on 15th March 2011, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The seminar was held by Aghaz-e-Nau in collaboration with Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and Punjab Group of Colleges.

Mr. Altaf Qamar, Deputy Director General, Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan joined the event as a Chief Guest to grace the occasion with his presence.

Comparing was carried out by Delawar, one of the students of Punjab Group of Colleges.

Welcome Note, a brief introduction of Aghaz-e-Nau (AeN), Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC) was given by Hayyab Tariq.

short play on “Poverty and Drugs” was performed by the students of Punjab Group of Colleges. It was a story of a poor family. The mother keeps discussing financial problems all the time, which affects his children badly. The elder son plans to do something to help out his family overcome financial problems.

One day he meets a person and gets forced by him to push drugs. He starts doing it reluctantly but it becomes his source of income as he keeps doing it.

He gives a huge amount of money to parents on daily basis. His parents suspect that their son is doing something wrong. They express their concern and the son not only tells a lie but gets angry as well. He claims to be working hard along with his studies. He tries to realize his family that because of him their status has gone up and they eat well and wear nice cloths now. 

He keeps doing pushing drugs and using drugs. Eventually his younger brother starts using drugs too and finally he dies because of over dose and the elder brother gets arrested the same day.

A poem was recited by Ms. Sumaira Shahzad, Clinical Psychologist (AeN). In her poem, she gave a message of hope that drug abuse is a preventable behavior and we can do it by putting our hands together. 

A mime “The Mirror Never Lies” was presented by the students of Punjab Group of Colleges. It was a story of two friends. One of the friends is heavily into drugs and the other one is trying to help him out to quit drugs. He keeps telling his friend to stop using drugs as his friend’s condition is going down day by day but it doesn’t work. The more he tries, the more reluctant his friend becomes. Finally, he says “I kept telling you to stop using drugs but this time I will give you a visual as I am your mirror and the mirror never lies”. He takes care of his friend and his friend starts his journey towards recovery.

Address by the Chief Guest

The Chief Guest, Mr. Muhammad Altaf Qamar, DDG, ANF, Pakistan started his address in a unique way with some humor and managed to put all the audience in a positive state of mind.

First of all, he appreciated Aghaz-e-Nau for its creative efforts then he appreciated all the students and congratulated them for presenting wonderfully informative activities on drug abuse prevention.
He discussed the hazards of drugs and mentioned that drug addicts live in pain and agony, which was visible in the activities presented by the students.

After that he showed a song by a child “Tell Me Why” and the Chief Guest explained that the child in his song was talking about the destruction on earth. The child said I came to this world with a different vision but the world is totally different…..tell me why?

Then the Chief Guest showed a few clips of people living with drug addiction including males, females and children in Lahore, living in a very bad condition. He mentioned that there are 90 lacks drug addicts in Pakistan with an increase of 6 lacks every year and there are 100,000 drug addicts living in Lahore.

Then he discussed the effects of drug addiction on the family members. There is no laughter but crying, crying and crying as drug addicts tend to lose their morality also.

Finally he said “we need to do something” as no one is safe. He talked about Drug Free Lahore, Drug Free Homes, Drug Free Youth and Drug Free Colleges. He ended his address with Oath Taking Ceremony.


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