Akmal Dawi VOA News September 9, 2022 Unlike his predecessor, who almost terminated opium production in Afghanistan in the last year of Taliban rule with one decree in 2000, the current supreme leader of the Taliban appears to be unsuccessful in implementing his ban on opium production. In April, shortly after Afghan famers harvested opium
8am: According to residents, Pas Hesar area in the 1st security district of Ghazni city has become one of the safe havens for drug addicts. Since the Taliban regime came to power in August last year, the number of drug addicts has increased in Afghanistan compared to last year. Click here to read more (external
8am: Sources report the killing of two drug addicts by the Taliban in Joy Shir area of Kabul city. On Wednesday, sources said that Taliban fighters first beat up two addicts and then one of the Taliban fighters hit one of the addicts with a knife and when the addict ran away, the Taliban fighter
Al Jazeera: Drug addiction has long been a problem in Afghanistan, the world’s biggest producer of opium and heroin and now a chief source of methamphetamine. Drug use has been driven by persistent poverty and decades of war that left few families unscarred. It appears to be getting worse since the country’s economy collapsed following
AP: Hundreds of men, strung out on heroin, opium and meth, were strewn over the hillside overlooking Kabul, some in tents, some lying in the dirt. Dogs skulked around because they sometimes give them drugs, and there were bodies of overdosed dogs amid the garbage. Men here as well slip, quiet and alone, across the
The Independent (UK): Apart from the potentially ruinous domestic impact, the collapse of Afghanistan’s heroin trade may also usher in a new era of drug trafficking in Europe and the UK, where most Afghan-sourced heroin is consumed. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: With the rise of the Taliban, officials at drug treatment centers in Herat say that the process of providing services and treating addicts in these centers has dropped by nearly 50 percent. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA: While members of Congress and others debate the tactics of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the strategies of 20 years of war, there is one issue that has constantly plagued that country: Drugs. Narcotics. Specifically, opium. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The drug addicts praised the efforts of the government but said there are people appointed as team leaders who are also affected by drugs and do not treat other patients properly. “We are happy that we are under treatment here but we are not being treated with proper behavior. Those are appointed above
Ariana: Local officials and residents of Kunduz province said Thursday that the number of drug addicts in the province has risen sharply in the past few months, largely due to poverty. Kunduz hospital officials said in the past three months, 91 addicts have been treated at the hospital. Click here to read more (external link).