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Drug addiction increase concerning

 Afghanistan ministry of counter-narcotics expressed concern over an eye-catching increase in addiction in the country, where the health sector says there was no enough capacity to cover all victims in their only 101 addicts’ treatment centers.

The Kabul Times’ reporter had interviewed with the health officials as saying there were some 101 addicts’ treatment centers including 300, 200 and 100 beds all over the country.
Head of the drug demand reduction for the ministry of public health, Dr. Fawad Usmani told The Kabul Times that in Jangalak area, the treatment center for drugs addicts can cover 300 beds mostly collected from Pul-e-Sokhta and other areas of the capital.
He said based on the ministry’s policy, they are trying to resume new plans under which, they could develop the treatment centers and include further addicts for recovery.
According to him, six centers had been planned to be built in Panjshir, Dyakundi, Maidan/Wardak and Logar provinces, this year, while he reported of a center soon getting operational in southern Helmand province, where some 150 addicts set forth to be embedded.
He said the ministry of public works is trying to cover large number of drug addicts under its ongoing programs in the capital and provinces, but according to him, the ministry could not do this 100 percent to recover all the addicts due to what he called lack of capacity and equipment.
Usmani went on as saying that in cooperation with some partner institutions, the ministry launched as survey indicating a growing increase in the drug addicts’ number countrywide.
He said a survey launched in 2005 showed 920,000 drug addicts in the country, while the number reached to 940,000 in 2009—a remarkable increase the ministry expressed concerns for.
The ministry added that a survey launched by a reliable American university and the US state department in 2012 showing an increase of 1.6 million drugs addicts from the figure of only 1. 3 million in 2005, an amount could prove problematic for the health sector to prevent.
Some of the drug addicts could also be under advisory treatment in their own houses, said the ministry’s official, Fawad adding the ministry had no extra capacity to include all addicts in its built treatment centers, as according to him, only 25 percent of the addicts could be treated in centers.
Those addicts, the treatment centers include, are expected to pass at least 45 days, within which, they can be helped learn the holy Quran, exercise sports and listen music from 8am to evening in order the bitter drug poison could gradually be removed of their minds.
He added that between 20 to 25,000 drugs addicts would be helped to be lodged in the treatment centers. 
Meanwhile, experts said the government of national unity should do its best to remove the challenges faced by the people mostly addicting the youths. 
A university teacher, Saifuddin Saihoon told The Kabul Times that the government including the police and the courts, executive and judicial organs should battle the phenomenon to help the Afghan people get rid of the miserable situation. Preventing drugs smuggle across the country’s borders and drawing cooperation from the international entities would also help reduce addiction in Afghanistan, he concluded.
Shukria Kohistani