According to the ‘Drug Use in Pakistan Survey Report’, a research effort initiated by Narcotics Control Division, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and UN Office on Drug Control (UNODC), an estimated 6 per cent or 6.7 million adults in Pakistan, used drugs in the last 12 months with treatment and specialist interventions in short supply. The treatment services were available to less than 30,000 drug users.
According to this survey, which is the first of its kind, there are more than 4 million Cannabis users and almost 0.9 million heroin users in Pakistan.
The report also shows high prevalence (1.6 million) of non-medical use of prescription drugs nationwide, particularly amongst women.
Meth-amphetamine usage was also noted in some areas of the country.