by Dr Taha Baasher.
Throughout the history of mankind, nearly all countries and cultures have had problems with the use and abuse of drugs. Since the earliest recorded times, drugs have been used for different reasons – mainly religious, medicinal and pleasure. For example, alcohol and opium were both well known in ancient Egyptian culture. Cannabis was commonly used in Hindu ceremonial rites as well as in Indian and Chinese medicine. Drug related problems, therefore, are not new.