10 youth turn to drugs use every week in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The governor on Saturday said at least 10 persons turned to drug use every week in southeastern Khost province.
Hukam Khan Habibi said this while explaining his administration’s previous 100-day action plan to a gathering in Khost City.
The governor said though there was zero poppy cultivation in Khost, at least 10 youth predisposed to drug use every week in the province, citing a newly conducted survey.
He said the situation depicted a bleak future for the youth and put their future at stake.
He said his administration had a strong will to fight the menace of drugs, but they needed the support of religious scholars and tribal elders in creating awareness about the hazardous effects on health among the youth.
He also asked security forces to take stern action against elements involved in drug peddling and smuggling.
The governor said those involved in selling drugs were not forgivable and efforts to arrest them would be intensified.
A civil society activist, Sahib Gul Farhad, said the number of drug addicts was on the increase because narcotics were openly sold everywhere.
He said some officials of the counternarcotics departments and others had connections with drug smugglers and they received bribes from them.
Khost counternarcotics head Miran Gul Taniwal confirmed the increase in the number of drug addicts, but said the issue was not confined to Khost only but it was common across the country.
He said they had launched efforts at creating awareness to discourage the youth to quit using drugs but in this regard cooperation from tribal elders and religious scholars was vital.
Reports say Afghanistan is home to nearly two million drug addicts.
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