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Growing population of addicts worries Paktia residents

Growing population of addicts worries Paktia residents

May 07, 2019 - 15:33

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Paktia province have expressed deep concern over the growing number of drug addicts, linking the surge to easy access to narcotics.

Most of drug addicts converge on Bala Hesar -- an ancient place in Gardez, the provincial capital. Ismail, one of the addicts, said: “I was a truck driver but due to unemployment and family problems I sought refuge in drugs.”

He grumbled people gave them insulting names. He also accused police of misbehaving with them.

Ajmal, another addict, held a similar view and accused officials of a 20-bed hospital named Wadan of misbehaving with them.

He said: “I once underwent medical treatment but relapsed into the addiction due to unemployment.” Others addicts held similar views and accused doctors of not giving adequate attention to their rehabilitation.

Public Healthinfo-icon Director Dr. Wilayat Khan Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News besides a 20-bed rehabilitation facility, they also had a public awareness mobile team to control the number of addicts.

Available rehabilitation centres in the province were unable to treat all addicts as the number was on the raise, he remarked. The authorities concerned have been requested to construct another 50-bed hospital for addicts.

However, the police headquarters’ personnel say efforts have been underway to capture drug sellers and dealers in the province. But some groups are still providing drugs to addicts.



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