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Survey says Narcotics use increases in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Almost two third of all Pakistanis believed that the use of narcotics has increased in the country, findings of a survey showed Tuesday. A total of 71 percent believed that the addicts should be given medical care, according to a survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan for Gilani Research Foundation.

In the survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question: “Considering all the news you receive, do you think that the use of narcotics in Pakistan is increasing or decreasing ?” Sixty one percent believed that the use of narcotics is increasing in Pakistan, eight percent considered it to be decreasing while 17 percent said there is no change. A considerable 14 percent gave no response, the survey said.

In a follow up question, “In your opinion how should the addicts be treated?” Seventy-one percent believed that addicts deserve medical care, 15 percent thought that they should be punished while 10 percent said they should be left on their own, 4 percent gave no response.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2,738 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country,during Jan. 2011. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 percent at 95 percent confidence level.-Xinhua

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