Population of drug addicts on increase in Ghazni City
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Narcotics are being openly sold in southern Ghazni province and as a result, the number of drug addicts is on the increase, officials of a drug addicts rehabilitation centre say.
Nasraullah Naeemi, the centre head, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had treated about 3,500 addicts over the past few years despite lacking enough resources.
But the number of drug addicts was increasing in Ghazni where narcotics were openly being sold, he said.
“Most of the rehabilitated addicts return to their habit of taking drugs which are openly sold in broad daylight in Ghazni City (the provincial capital) and the government is not preventing it,” he said.
Naeemi said currently 50 drug addicts were under treatment at the rehab centre, but said such treatments would have no benefit until narcotics were prevented from being openly peddled. He said there were a lot of drug smugglers and peddlers who sometimes threatened workers of the rehabilitation centre.
A resident of Qarah Bagh district, Asadullah, who spent five years in Iran where he fell into addiction, said: “Drugs from chars, opium and heroin are being sold in Ghazni City. How much you want I can buy for you.”
He said his family had many times attempted his treatment but failed and then expelled him from home. The addict said if the government provided jobs to the youth, it was possible they stop using drugs.
A resident of Ghazni City, Mohammad Anwar, said his brother was addicted to heroin. First his friends would give him chars and now he smoked heroin, the brother said.
Anwar said his brother had undergone treatment twice, but could not quit the habit because drugs were openly sold in the provincial capital.
Other addicts told Pajhwok Afghan News the narcotics were openly sold in Bala Hisar area of Ghazni City and alleged police were complicit in the crime.
Ghazni police chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News that besides police, other security personnel were also involved in smuggling and selling of drugs, but he did not name anyone.
He said they had devised a plan to combat drug smuggling and peddling and the plan would be implemented soon. “Anyone involved will get harsher punishment.”
According to officials at the drug addicts’ rehabilitation centre, nearly 30,000 people are addicted to drugs in Ghazni.
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