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11pc of Afghan population addicted to drugs

11pc of Afghan population addicted to drugs

May 12, 2015 - 22:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The number of individuals addicted to drugs in Afghanistaninfo-icon has almost doubled since 2012, rising from 1.6 million to three million in 2014, a newly-released survey shows.

“The national survey on drug use in Afghanistan” has been conducted jointly by counter-narcotics and public healthinfo-icon ministries in cooperation with the US State Department.

Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz said the figures showed 11 percent of Afghan population was addicted to drugs --- the highest figure as compared to other countries.

The survey also shows the number of addicts in rural areas is three times more than urban areas. Feroz said the majority of these addicts were youth.

He linked the war and instability to the growing population of drug addicts in the country and urged the international community to deal with the menace as a priority.

According to Feroz, the Public Health Ministry would develop a strategy based on the survey to deal with the stigma.

Counternarcotics Minister Salamat Azimi said they had serious talks with the unity government leadership on finding solution to the drug problem, which remained a priority.

The US has spent over $7 billion in counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan during the past 14 years. Experts say the Afghan government has failed to properly deal with the issue.


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