Anti-drug campaign initiated in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The Milli Ghurzang Party on Sunday launched its anti-drugs campaign in southeastern Khost province with support from local elders.
Dr. Sakhi Sardar, the political party’s head for Khost, told a meeting held in this regard that the anti-drug drive had been commenced in villages, mosques and schools.
He said local elders, influential people and religious leaders were tasked with creating awareness among people about the hazardous effects of drug use on health.
Nasir Ahmad Rokhan, a civil society activist, asked the government to rely on civil society organizations and local residents rather than wasting million of dollars on anti-drug operations.
He said the civil society had the capacity to create awareness among people against the adverse effects of drugs so they could shun using narcotics.
Faizullah Ghamkhor, another civil society activist, said the number of drug addicts was increasing with each passing day. “Snuff, locally known as naswar, should be banned because it is the main cause of addiction. Several hundred tons of snuff is sold on a daily basis in Khost alone.”
Meeran Gul Taniwal, the anti-drug drive chief for Khost, said the increasing number of drug addicts showed drug trade was thriving in the province. “We along with security forces have initiated a drive against the addiction until we stop the menace.”
The Counternarcotics Ministry says the population of drug addicts has reached three million and is fast growing.
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