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Drug addiction up sharply in Afghanistan

Drug addiction is on the rise in Afghanistan
(Nejat Center)

In the past five years the number of people using heroin in Afghanistan has risen 140 percent, and opium addiction has gone up by over 50 percent, according to a new drug survey by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

About one million Afghans - 8 percent of the population aged 15-64 - are addicted to drugs: 120,000 to heroin and 230,000 to opium, said the survey released on 21 June.

“After three decades of war-related trauma, unlimited availability of cheap narcotics and limited access to treatment have created a major, and growing, addiction problem in Afghanistan,” Antonio Maria Costa, UNODC’s executive director, said in a press release.

Afghanistan is the world’s top narcotics producing country and illicit drug money, UNODC says, fuels armed insurgency and criminality.


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