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A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF DRUG ABUSE IN PAKISTANI SOCIETY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO HEROIN ADDICTION, ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

Muhammad, Ghulam (2003) A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF DRUG ABUSE IN PAKISTANI SOCIETY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO HEROIN ADDICTION, ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES. PhD thesis, University of Karachi, Karachi.

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Abstract

Drug abuse, and particularly heroin addiction, has been spreading in Pakistan at a fast rate since the late Seventies. It has now become a serious social problem, which is probably going to stay. There is no pushbutton solution for its control and eradication. Over simplification of the problem is not likely to solve the complex issue of heroin addiction. It requires concerted and continuous struggle on the part of all concerned: governmental and non-governmental organizations, politicians, and religious leaders. The drug addicts resort to crime for generating income for the purchase of narcotics. The situation is becoming serious due to the number of heroin addicts in the country. An alarming rate of increase of 100,000 addicts per year is highly dangerous to society. The drug addicts are affecting nearly 20 million dependents and family members with psychological, social, and economic repercussions. The present study reveals different clues as to how the situation may be approached in finding possible solutions to this grave problem. In addition to the ‘Introduction’, the main discussion has been organized in four chapters. Of these, Chapter 2 has been devoted to presenting a theoretical framework and review of the related studies. In chapter 3, research methodology has been elaborated. A structured interview schedule was employed for the collection of data from 204 drug heroin addicts through interviews. Snowball sampling technique was employed for the selection of respondents. They were in age group 15-40 years. 66 Univariate and 06 Bivariate Tables were formed for a systematic presentation of data. For the analysis of data, procedures like frequency and percentage distribution, chi-square of independent test (X2), and contingency coefficient test were used. Generalizations were based on these tests. Six hypotheses were tested. Chapter 4 was devoted to discussion of tables, In chapter 5 the conclusions were drawn and suggestions made. The data accumulated through interviews formed the bases of conclusions.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:drug abuse, heroin addiction, narcotics, sociological theories
Subjects:Social Sciences(g) > Sociology (g19)
ID Code:812
Deposited By:Mr. Muhammad Asif
Deposited On:19 Oct 2006
Last Modified:04 Oct 2007 21:02

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