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Population of drug addicts in Nangarhar up by 60pc

Population of drug addicts in Nangarhar up by 60pc

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Jul 18, 2017 - 13:02

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The number of drug addicts in eastern Nangarhar province has increased by 60 percent in the past six years, the counter-narcotics department said on Tuesday.

The department linked growing addiction to poverty, insecurity, easy access to drugs, migration and lack of awareness.

Mohammad Idrees Sapai, head of the counter-narcotics department, said the number of drug addicts 120,000 people were addicted to different kinds of drugs in Nangarhar. “This shows a 60 percent increase in the number of drug addicts.”

Common people hit out at the government for being unable to eradicate drugs and rehabilitate addicts. Sher Mohammad, a resident of Jalalabad, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government could easily catch drug smugglers and suppliers.

The authorities could ask addicts to show them places and suppliers of drugs, he argued, saying three facilities were available for the rehabilitation of addicts.

He added there was a 150-bed hospital in addition to the Wadan and Nijat NGOs, where 75 addicts could be treated. In all, 225 addicts could be treated at a time in Nangarhar.

The governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said they had prepared a list of drug suppliers and some of them had been arrested. Addicts in Nangarhar converge on Amir Shahid and Angor Bagh areas where they do drugs.

Womeninfo-icon could not be found among the addicts but some of them are admitted to the rehabilitation centres. This year, poppy cultivation in Nangarhar went up by 45 percent.

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