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Faryab commander paying for drug addicts’ rehabilitation

Faryab commander paying for drug addicts’ rehabilitation

Nov 24, 2016 - 16:37

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): An uprising commander in the Balcheragh district of northwestern Faryab province has picked dozens of drug addicts from streets for rehabilitation at his personal expense.

Residents of the district welcomed the action of Commander Ghafoor, acknowledging a decline in robbery cases after the addicts’admission to rehabilitation centres.

Mohammad Amin, head of agricultural cooperative societyinfo-icon in Balcheragh, told Pajhwok Afghan News people were tired of robberies committed by drug addicts, who stole wood, doors and animals. He noted an 80 percent cut in robbery incidents.

Atta Murad, a resident of the district, said that Ghafoor had warned drugsellers of being forced to pay the rehabilitation cost of addicts if they continued their illicit business.

People now contribute beds, dishes and food to drug addicts under treatment, he said, adding the commander had fined a drug seller and the money was spent on purchasing food for addicts.

Meanwhile, Ghafoor told Pajhwok he had received complaints from people about drug users stealing everything coming their way. He collected 40 addicts and put them in a proper place for treatment in coordination with healthinfo-icon specialists.

Ghafoor promised providing food to the drug addicts until they returned to normal life. Only bread was contributed by local residents.

“We treat drug patients based on directions from public health specialists; we give them baths in cold water and add horse meat to their meals to make them stop consuming drugs,” he said.

He added most of the drug addicts were youngsters who traveled to Iran for work. They were addicted in Iran and then returned and became a burden on their families and society, he said.

Ghafoor also called on other influential figures and commanders to expel narcotics sellers in their areas.

Abdul Hamid, one of the drug users under treatment, thanked Ghafoor for his kindness. “I slipped into addiction seven years ago in Iran, where I encountered hardships living on roads and streets. Now I am happy getting treatment and living in a better place,”

Public Health Director Dr. Maroof Samarappreciated the commander’s gesture, saying the public health clinic in the district also cooperated in examining the addicts.

Samar has ordered public health personnel to visit the drug addicts currently under treatment in Balcheragh and provide them counseling and medicine.

He said around 20,000 people were addicted to drugs in Faryab, where the rehabilitation centrehad treated 2,000 addicts since 2006.

Faryab Governor Sayed Anwar Sadat also appreciated the commander’s initiative. He asked the departments concerned to cooperate in providing healthcare and food to addicts.

He said the number of drug addicts in Faryab was very high and the treatment centre could rehabilitate only 50 patients at a time.

The assistance from Balcheragh people to drug addicts with the arrival of winter is important because it can avoid loss of their lives to the cold weather.


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