Navigation Links
UN Fears Earthquake Victims Could Turn To Drugs

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) fears that that the survivors of the massive October 8 South Asian earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan might turn to drugs to provide succor from their miseries. To avert this // possibility, the agency has launched a series of workshops in collaboration with the Pakistani Ministry of Health (MoH).

Vincent McClean, Country Representative for UNODC said that the agency had increasingly taken note of the fact that people affected by natural and manmade disasters turned to drugs for some relief. "UNODC has observed in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world that victims of natural and manmade disasters are at high risk of developing drug dependence and addiction - maybe as a result of prescribed medications to the injured for the relief of extreme pain or otherwise due to discomfort and boredom amongst displaced populations after a disaster," he said. Although, no large scale drug abuse cases have come to light in the region, the authorities want to avert this possibility altogether and hence have launched awareness campaigns to control the same, "A particular concern to us is the excessive use of tranquillizers, opiate-based painkillers and cannabis. On the other hand, drug abusers in a traumatized population are many times more difficult to treat than in the general population," said Dr Rizwan Taj, head of psychiatry at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

The earthquake claimed more than 80,000 lives and left 3.5 million homeless. Official estimates put the injured toll at 100,000. This particular workshop is one of the many that are being planned through the next few months.
'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Easing Fears Among Asthmatics
2. Polio Fears Raised In Canada
3. UN Fears Melting Of Ice Would Concentrate Toxins in the Chinese Water Supply
4. Bird Flu Fears Recede As Migratory Birds Leave
5. More Culling in Madhya Pradesh Due to Bird Flu Fears
6. Royal Highland Show Cancelled Over Bird Flu Fears
7. Fears Raised Over The Immigration Reform’s Implication On NH
8. Cadbury Removes Chocolates From Shelves Amid Fears Of Contamination
9. Lebanon Fears of Epidemics as the Crisis Deepens
10. Chicken Pox Fears Cause Captain To Force Baby From Flight
11. Fears of Pandemic Flu makes Americans Ready for Change
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Diagnotes, ... as a standard feature on its secure clinical communication platform. The platform allows ... video depending on the type and urgency of a situation. , “We ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... New patients with symptoms of gum disease ... laser gum disease treatments from the doctors at Art of Dentistry, without first receiving ... of the importance of receiving qualified treatment in order to avoid systemic health effects ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... Horeb, WI (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... invited to call Dr. Angela Cotey’s practice to schedule an appointment, with or without ... services, and frequently offers pulpotomy treatments to pediatric patients as a healthy alternative to ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... Dr. Kiya Green, ... with periodontal plastic surgery treatments, including crown lengthening and gum reduction ... these esthetic and functional procedures to help patients improve their oral health, reduce ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... , ... May 22, 2017 , ... “Homeostasis: The Journey ... learning to live with Bipolar 1. Donald Rodriguez takes readers on a rollercoaster ride ... in the dead of winter and to a dark place where Donald considers suicide. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/8/2017)... , May 8, 2017 MACRA replaces ... from fee for service reimbursement. Black Book Research crowdsource-surveyed ... 1.       The Market for MIPS Compliance Technology ... of physician practices with 3 or more clinicians seek ... by Q4. "Given the magnitude of the changes, the ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... -- May is Stroke Awareness Month and Omron Healthcare is ... to prevent a stroke: monitor and manage your blood ... Prevention, undetected and uncontrolled hypertension is a leading risk ... in personal heart health technology, recently evolved its mission ... stroke and is advancing a national public education effort ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... , May 4, 2017  A recent study ... Ultraviolet-C light as a means of ... ability to reduce bioburden on anesthesia workstations. In ... on high-touch, complex medical equipment surfaces contaminated with ... "This study further validates the body ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: