50 drug addicts recover in Nimroz
ZARANJ (PAN): Fifty drug addicts, including five members of the same family, were released after being treated in a rehabilitation centre in southwestern Nimroz province, officials said on Monday.
The man and his four sons were among 50 people who spent two months in the Nimroz drug addicts’ treatment centre.
Mohammad Sarwar, 60, said he had been addicted to opium for 30 years and had failed to educate his children due to poverty. That is what led his four sons, aged 12 to 30 years old, to also become addicted.
Sarwar said his 12-year-old son Mohammad Nabi became addicted last year when he was still at first year in school.
Mohammad Nabi said he left school when became addicted. “I was going to the forest and I would see boys smoking crystal and that made me addicted,” Nabi said.
Crystal is more expensive and addictive than heroin.
Nabi said he was glad to have recovered and planned to go back to school so he could become a teacher and warn children of the dangers of heroin.
“Our family scattered and I thought I was destroyed and now I am cured in the treatment centre and I am happy,” said Sarwar.
He said they will never again become addicts and will live ordinary lives.
Nimroz governor, Abdul Karim Berahawi, said there were 300 drug addicts in the rehabilitation centre and that 123 had been released after treatment.
The patients’ expenses are born by the government while the treatment is carried out by doctors of the health department, he said.
The treatment centre has no beds and the patients sleep on mattresses and rugs.
Berahawi said about 1,000 drug addicts had been rounded up in the province, 700 of whom had been sent back to their own provinces. There are six Iranians in the Nimroz centre, who will be sent home when they finish their treatment.
Head of Nimroz health department, Dr. Noor Ahmad Sherzad, said they officially registered 3,000 drug addicts in the province.
He said most Afghans get addicted while in Iran because of unemployment, social rejection and work pressure.
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