Seized drugs to be used in medicines under new law
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Justice Minister on Wednesday presented a draft counternarcotics law before the Wolesi Jirga for approval, which would allow the use of drugs in preparing medicines in the country.
The bill in seven chapters and 76 articles has been prepared after analyzing ground realities in the society, suggestions from parliament and other related institutions during the past one year, Justice Minister Dr. Abdul Basir Anwar told the lawmakers.
He said the draft law banned cultivation, production and trade of narcotics and recommended treatment of addicts.
Until now, he said, drugs seized by security forces from drug traffickers had been torched, but such confiscated drugs would be sold to pharmaceutical companies to use them in making medicines under the new law.
The draft law called for all equipment recovered from smugglers to be sold and the money used for treatment of drug addicts and supporting families of soldiers who lost their lives in counternarcotics campaigns, the minister explained.
The minister called the bill as “a perfect draft law,” urging lawmakers to approve it.
Afghanistan is leading drug producing country and home to more than three millions drug addicts.
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