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Half of cured drug addicts relapse in Nangarhar

Half of cured drug addicts relapse in Nangarhar

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Jan 27, 2020 - 15:52

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A number of rehabilitated drug addicts have resumed consuming narcotics due to poverty and easy access to drugs in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday.

Officials at the 150 bed hospital for drug addicts in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, say nearly 100 addicts were rehabilitated each month in the province, but half of them returned to the habit.

Some drug addicts claim poor economic situation and easy access to drugs forced them to make a beeline to drugs.

Currently, Nangarhar has three rehabilitation centres --150 -bed, 50-bed for womeninfo-icon and a 20-bedded hospital for children.

However, the population of drug addicts is estimated to be around 100,000 in Nangarhar and the current rehabilitation centres could not treat them.

Dr. Jamshid Yamal, an official at the 150 bed hospital for drug addicts, told Pajhwok Afghan News addicts were treated in two phases --- extraction of poison from lungs and counseling.

He said 50 percent of rehabilitated drug addicts resumed taking drugs because of their poor economic situation and an easy access to drugs in the province.

He said 1,200 drug addicts were rehabilitated annually at their center and they received hundreds others each month.

He said families should take care of their addicts’ members after treatment and should provide them educationinfo-icon and follow them after leaving the habit.

Bahram Gul, a resident of theBatikot district, said he started comsuming drugs two years ago in company of his friends.

He said, “I was in 11th grade when sometimes my classmates would use drugs, thus I also started it. I have three kids.”

Meanwhile, Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok that cultivation of poppy has zeroed in most of Nangarhar districts.

He said security forces arrested a number of drug dealers on a daily basis and their efforts had resulted in decreased number of drug addicts in the province.

Haji Wardak Shirzad, a tribal elder, told Pajhwok that the number of drug addicts would not reduce until strong action was taken against drug sellers in Jalalabad City, the provincial capital.

He expressed deep concern over the return of cured addicts to the habit after spending a large amount of money on their treatment.

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