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Cold winter threatening lives of drug-addicts in Kabul

By: Masouda Qarizada

Continued and imposed war has inflicted financial and human losses to the people and destroyed the country’s infrastructures as well as made a large number of people leave for neighboring countries where a number them have addicted to drugs.
Not only the continued war, but also increasing unemployment and lack of access to employment have considered as key reasons for Afghans to leave their country.
Currently, a large number of educated youth are looking for jobs so that they can make a living for their families, but a very small number can find employment, while a number of them find nothing to do, instead they start using drugs and become addicted to various deadly drugs.
The number of drug-addicts is increasing day by day in Kabul as they have recently created serious problems to residents of the city. Relevant government organs have taken no possible steps towards resolve the issue.
A number of drug-addicts who were busy in collecting empty water bottles and pieces of metals in the city have criticized the ministry of public health for not paying attention to their life.
“I’m using drugs in order to not feel coldness during the night,” said Ahmad, 23, who has been using drugs in Pul-e-Sokhta for the past three years.
He said that years ago, one or two drug-addicts usually died due to coldness in Pul-e-Sokhta and the municipality came and collected their dead bodies from the area.
Mohammad Sharif, 35, has addicted to drugs in Iran. He has recently come to Pul-e-Sokhta and became drug-addict nearly 18 years ago.
“I sleep under the bridge in Pul-e-Sokhta as I do have no ways except tolerating the cold weather in open air,” Mohammad Sharif said.
He added that he used to collect empty water bottles and plastics and sell them to get somet hing for eating, saying that sometimes they were obliged to do anything to be alive. Drug addiction is a problem in many countries, affecting many lives, damaging the addicted individual and affecting their families and communities. In underdeveloped countries, such as Afghanistan, there are often no appropriate systems for rehabilitating drug addicted people.
Most hospitals tend to use detoxification as the main treatment programme, and there remains a large gap between demand and treatment services. In this case study, the author discusses the possibilities for dealing with the various causes of substance abuse and recommends solutions.

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