Not just illicit drugs, legal drugs itself
The world is ready to support various events and campaigns held today on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, aiming at a global society free of drug addiction and illegal trafficking. Different nations and communities perceive it as a major deterrent to humanity and a poison to the welfare of the youth and teenagers in particular. The consequences are not limited to drug- users but it extended to family, society, and even on the nations. An approximate amount of 16 trillion rupees per year is being spent for treating people with drug- related diseases.
According to world drug report (2012) under UN, 300 million uses illicit drugs at least once in a year, which constitute world’s 7% population. 200, 000 people approximately die from drug abuse worldwide. Demographic trends indicate that by 2050, twenty five percentage of world population will use illegal drugs, where developing countries, due their higher projected population growth and youth population, the main consumers of the drug, will have a higher demand for the substances.
Youth and student consumption of drugs, illicit and licit is in its increasing speed. One of the reasons being, it’s easy availability. 2013 Youth Report by Children International reports that “some 70% premature deaths among adults can be linked to drug and alcohol abuse, which are initiated during adolescence”.
Are these illicit drugs more harmful than other drugs legalized by the government authorities? Survey says, no. Tobacco is a prominent risk factor for six of the eight leading causes for death. It claims around 5. 1 million lives per year world wildly. The Global Youth Tobacco Survey estimates an increase to 10 million by 2030. It also states that a vast majority of smokers starts using tobacco well before 18. Among them 25% started before the age of 10. Nearly 20% of children from age of 13- 15 use some kind of tobacco product. In India teens take 15 packets of ‘Gutka’, a tobacco product, reports Times of India. Medical experts have referred use of tobacco in youth as ‘pediatric disease’ (Kessler 1995) and ‘pediatric epidemic’ (Perry 1994).
Alcohol is much more danger, for each year alcohol claims 3.3 million human lives, that is 5.9% of all global death. According to GDS 2014, Alcohol is the most used drug. Alcohol consumption is the factor in accident, homicide and suicide, three leading causes of death among 15- 24 of age. An annual consumption of pure alcohol worldwide in 2010 is 6.2 liters per person.
Whether it is legal or illicit, drugs are a major threat for the human kind. Islam as a religion of humanity explicitly forbids from using any kind of drugs. Prophet Muhammad (S) said: “All that produce intoxicantion are forbidden” [Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim], “All intoxicants are prohibited” [Sahih Muslim]. Alcohol was mentioned especially stating “Do not drink wine for it is the height of every obscenity” [Tirmidhi].
Is it just drinking or taking drug forbidden? No, rather Prophet said: “Allah has cursed wine, the one who drinks, its servers, its sellers, the one who buys, its pressers, the who for whom it is pressed, the one who conveys it and the one to whom it is conveyed”. [Abu Dawud, Graded sahih by Albanee in Sahih Abu Dawud]
Taking little amount?
Prophet (S) said: “Every intoxicant is forbidden, and anything of which a large amount intoxicates, even a small amount is forbidden.”
Benefit in Alcohol?
Some people claim that there is some kind of goodness in alcohol. The beauty of the Quran lies here that it does not tell us to forbid liquor or any other intoxicant because it is completely harmful and dangerous. Such a claim would be certainly unscientific; rather, the Quran states that there is “some benefit for people”. But their sin is greater than their benefit” (Quran 2: 219).
Umar, the second caliph said: “An alcoholic drink is that, that disturbs the mind” [Sahih Bukhari]