Number of drug addicts on the increase in Wardak
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): On the eve of International Counternarcotics Day on Saturday, the director counternarcotics revealed the number of drug addicts had reached 27,000 in central Maidan Wardak province.
Eng Zabihullah Fazli told Pajhwok Afghan News the strength of drug addicted ranged between 18,000 to 27,000 in 2010 in the province. But the strength is now surged because of youngsters addicted in Jalraiz and Syedabad districts, he added.
Wakil, a shopkeeper in Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital, said: “Shopkeepers openly sell hashish and drugs. The soldiers don’t force us to stop selling of the contraband since they buy drugs by themselves.”
Maj. Abdul Ghaffar, an antinarcotics official, acknowledged that no one had been arrested in connection of smuggling, selling or using of drugs during the last one year. Lack of staff had prevented us to take actions against smuggling, selling and using of drugs, he noted.
Dr Khial Mohammad, director civil hospital, said the hospital could only treat 20 drug addicts in three months. Wadan Hospital could only treat 20 drug addicted at a time while a 20-bed new hospital had been constructed which would be functional soon, he pledged.
Governor Hayatullah Hayat said anti-drug sub-commission consisting of 17 departments had been formed which had started activities to control cultivation, smuggling and use of drugs in the province.
He said the sub commission consists of police, department of counternarcotics, education department, National Directorate of Security (NDS), Attorney General Office (AGO), agriculture and livestock, rural rehabilitation and reconstruction department, department of Hajj, information and culture, provincial council and women affairs.
The prime duty of the commission would be to bring down the number of drug addicted to zero, he concluded.
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