Drug Addiction Increases in Afghanistan

 

Surrounded by her children, Karima, 30, smokes heroin and opium in her one-room home in Kabul.

Turning to Drugs in Afghanistan (NPR.org)

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A growing number of Afghans — including children — are escaping the pain of war and poverty by using opium or heroin, for as little as a dollar a day.

A United Nations survey begun this month is widely expected to show that at least 1 in 12 people in Afghanistan abuses drugs — double the number in the last survey four years ago.

Experts say that the alarming trend is not being addressed by the Afghan government and its international partners, even though most officials acknowledge that the drug scourge threatens lasting stability in Afghanistan.

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