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Tired of drug abuse, Jawzjan boy wants treatment

Tired of drug abuse, Jawzjan boy wants treatment

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Mar 12, 2020 - 23:06

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Eleven years old Safiullah in northern Jawzjan province is addicted to heroin after consuming opium for months, but now he wants to get rid of the habit and seeks government’s help to rehabilitate himself.

Approximately 30,000 persons, including children, are addicted to different types of drugs in Jawzjan province.

Safiullah, though not in good healthinfo-icon, was taking heroin with much eagerness when approached by Pajhwok reporter.

“My name is Safiullah, I live in Shiberghan City, my father is a daily wager and I have two brothers and as many sisters,” he said when asked to introduce himself.

 “My neighbor Sabour encouraged me to the use of opium and I consumed opium for one year and finally became a full blown addict. When I would fail to fin opium, whole of his body would ache.”

He said his family did not know about his drug addiction until he fell ill and was admitted to hospital in Kabulinfo-icon.

After one month in hospital, he was discharged but after some time, he returned to drugs. “Now I use ice and shisha.”

When asked why his family was not stopping him from using the drugs, Safiullah said he was often tied with chain and beaten at home, but it was beyond his control to quit.

Safiullah has never been to school and is unhappy with his situation and says everyone insults him.

“I ask the government to take me for treatment and other teenage addicts. This is bad and I want to be free from it,” he said.

Amruddin, a young man who serves in the army, said he was looking for his addicted brother since years. “He has been using drugs for the past four years and has left home.”

He said his brother has two children and his wife is in hospital now. “I am trying to find and take him back to his family.”

Dr. Abdul Ghafar Khoshiwal, head of the 50-bed drug addict hospital in Shiberghan, said: “Poverty, migrationinfo-icon and the ongoing conflict are among tactors that force the youth to become addict.”

He said: “We treat 50 addicts in every 45 days in the hospital but some retune to drugs soon after their discharge due to unemployment, conflict and poverty.”

He said as long as rehabilitated individuals were not given jobs, it would be difficult to control drug addiction.

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