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).
New York Post: Ten percent of the approximately 700-person prison population are considered to be convicted or accused criminals – murderers, thieves, drug dealers and traitors. The rest are drug addicts who have been swept from the streets in the weeks since the Taliban came to power in mid-August. Click here to read more (external
Business Insider: The US is leaving behind a flourishing, violent trade in heroin and crystal meth in Afghanistan. The Om weed, which contains the key ingredient for making meth, grows wild in the mountains. One in 10 Afghans are said to be involved in the drug trade, about as many as are said to be
Drug addicts in Farah City in Afghanistan’s Farah Province say they have been forced to work without pay for the local police. They claim they were made to work away from prying eyes on construction sites inside military compounds. The provincial offices of Afghanistan’s Labor and Social Affairs Ministry confirmed the allegations, but the local
Jamila is 35 years old, a mother of six, and says her drug-dealing husband got her addicted to heroin. In the southern Afghan city of Kandahar where she lives, there are an estimated 300,000 drug addicts and only one treatment center that offers no places for women.