A Muslim boxer from Bolton has launched a campaign in his local area to combat drug abuse.
Boxer Osman Aslam set up the “Stop the Drugs” campaign aimed at helping those battling drug addiction.
The 23-year-old told Quays News: “I’m starting my own campaign – the stop the drugs campaign – me and my team are going to help people quit drugs or any addictions that are bringing people down.
“We would like to go to schools, colleges, universities, if any students or anyone in general need any help how they can leave their addiction we can help them.
“We have come up with a format that if they follow correctly, their body won’t want that anymore. Anyone who needs this help is going to get it.”
Last year, there were 3,744 drug-related deaths in England and Wales, whilst 19.2% of people aged 16-24 admitted to taking illegal drugs. Those who suffer from debilitating addiction can visit this new center to seek treatment and get their life back on track.
The up and coming, unbeaten boxer spoke of how the drug abuse of friends had an effect on his life.
He said: “Me as a young lad, I have seen friends who have been addicted to drugs.
“I have actually lost a few friends to drugs, some friends have lost their minds or gone mentally ill.
“They have lost their potential that they could have reached in life. It was upsetting for me.
“I believe that if I start now with my team and my people we can help youngsters and the youth to not go towards drugs.
“A lot of people when they get hurt in life or things don’t go their way they turn towards drugs. They might go there with the intention of short term but they don’t realise that once they’re addicted it is a long term problem.”
The super-bantam weight fighter has won ten out of ten professional bouts.