Rawalpindi: The National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) will organize a one-day international conference on June 11, to raise awareness of the harmful impact of drug use and addiction, which already affects 4 million young people in the countries and help research ways and means to address various issues arising from substance use disorders (SUD).
The international competition will be a joint venture between NUMS and the Phoenix Foundation for Research & Development (PFRD).
Its main focus would be on substance abuse (drugs) its prevention and suggesting measures to curb the spread of drug addiction in light of proposals coming from national and international researchers attending the conference.
Commenting on the focus of the conference, NUMS Professional Vice-Chancellor Major General (r) Saleem Ahmad Khan, HI(M) said it would help identify gaps in educational institutions where our young vulnerable fell prey to drug addiction, which was very, very underreported.
This conference will help develop a drug addiction detection strategy and also provide guidelines for policy makers to deal with it.
NUMS has always tried to highlight national issues, especially those affecting young students, he added.
“We are trying to strategize our drug abuse prevention policy, especially in our educational institutions.
Dr. Zakia Bano, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at NUMS, while giving details of the conference, said that the experts from different leading universities and institutes of psychology across the country and abroad, who have done research on various aspects of substance use disorders (SUD), will speak on occasion.
All international speakers who will participate virtually in the conference include Dr. Kevin P. Mulvey, PhD Executive Director, International Consortium of Universities for Education on Demand Drugs (ICUDDR), Dr. Kmran Niaz Chief Epidemiologist, United Nations Office United on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna, Austria and Dr Prapapun Chucharoen, Director Neuroscience Mahidol University Thailand.