ISLAMABAD (PR): Opium is a silent killer not for the addict only but for the entire family. Opium addicts mostly acting like a diseases for the society. They spend hundreds of thousands daily on opium but do not pay a penny to their schooling child or for their own food.
There are 2000-3000 opium addicts in the border area of Chitral mostly in Broghil, Yarkhun, Arkari and Garam Chashma
valleys and in the Chitral town. They are mostly the family heads, women, girls, boys, educated youth and kids.
Chitral has 17 passes with Afghanistan border regions (Badakhshan-Bashgal and Kunar). The opium (poppy) was first cultivated in Chitral centuries back and after 80s the government imposed a ban on local cultivation. From that time to now, the local smugglers are keeping the supply service alive through the facilitation of drug peddlers from Afghanistan. Those Afghani
smugglers supplying tons of Opium and the black trade amounting several million annually for the community already under the poverty line.
Opium Free Chitral – An initiative
“Our vision is an “Opium Free Chitral.” This is five year joint venture project initiated by Chitral Community Development Network (CCDN) in collaboration with Signal Consultancy (Pvt.) Limited – Islamabad.
The project aimed to eliminate the opium abuse from the district through adaptation of all -stakeholders support strategy. This is first model project of its kind going to be implemented in District Chitral including all the stakeholder on the board and minimizing the cost.
Enabling : To control opium supply so that this activity will create
demand for treatment .
Identification: To conduct surveys to identify opium addicts.
Detoxification : To provide them counseling and treatment.
Rehabilitation: To provide them post treatment rehabilitation support through skill development, job placement and business loans.
Grant raising (2016 / 2017)
Supply Control (2016 / 2017)
Treatment (2016 /2018)
Skill Development (2017 / 2021)
Job Placement (2017 / 2021)
Businesses creations (2017 / 2021)
Production Marketing (2017 / 2021)
What we have finalized is that CCDN will be the implementation partner of this initiative. Mr. Muhammad Wazir the Chairman of Chitral Community Development Network will lead this initiative. The rest all stakeholder will put their support in this model mechanism.
Those listed as below;
1- Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control – Islamabad
2- Anti Narcotics Force
3- United Nations Office on Drug & Crime
4- Government of KPK
5- Chitral District Government
6- Aga Khan Health Service Pakistan
7- Aga Khan Social Welfare Board
8- Socio Economic Development Program
9- International & National Donors
10- Civil Society
A full presentation will be delivered to the participants of the Grant
Forum to be held in Islamabad in November 2016.
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