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150 drug addicts being treated at rehab centresBy Khwaja Basir Ahmad Oct 10, 2011 - 19:09
KABUL (PAN): As many as 150 out of 200 registered drug addicts have been admitted to rehabilitation centres for treatment, the counternarcotics ministry officials said on Monday.
The ministries of interior and counternarcotics have registered 200 people with drug addiction for treatment, but 50 of them had fled to avoid treatment, a counternarcotics ministry spokesman said.
"The 200 addicts had earlier showed willingness to receive treatment during registration process, but some of them have fled," Abdul Qayyum Samir said, adding 60 of the addicts were admitted to two newly constructed rehabilitation centres and the rest taken to seven other centres.
The two newly centres have the capacity to accommodate 30 addicts at a time, he said, adding the centres have been built in Shahdo Shamshira area of Kabul city.
The addicts who have been brought to the centres were happy to receive treatment. Mohammad, 38, a resident of Ghazni province, who first addicted to opium then switched to heroin in Iran, said he was happy to receive treatment before going home in Ghazni.
He said the main reason behind his addiction to drug was unemployment. He asked the government to provide him job.
According to the Ministry of Counternarcotics, there are 15,000 drug addicts living in Kabul city, where the addicts have been facing accommodation problems.
Official statistics show that Afghanistan has more than one million addicts and the Afghan government is able to provide treatment to only one percent of them.
As many as 1,370 addicts have so far been treated at different rehabilitation centres in Kabul city, since March 21, 2011.