Publish dateTuesday 31 May 2022 - 10:44
Story Code : 253561
The problem of addiction in Balkh; Authorities
Coinciding with World No Tobacco Day, Balkh security officials say efforts are underway to provide shelter and treatment for poppy fields in the province. Meanwhile, the number of drug addicts in Mazar-e-Sharif has decreased; but there is no budget for their treatment.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Mazar-e-Sharif: Mohammad Asif Waziri; A Balkh police spokesman told Ava: On occasion of May 31st World-No Tobacco Day I have to say that "We are working on a mechanism with public health and anti-narcotics management so that we can provide treatment and shelter for all addicts in Balkh so that addicts can be treated in a fundamental way."

According to him, efforts are also underway to eradicate poppy in Balkh, and once the areas are identified, the destruction of opium fields will begin.

Meanwhile, the doctors of Balkh Addicts Hospital, in a conversation with AVA, informed about the lack of funds for the treatment of addicts in this hospital and say that since the fall of the republic, there is no budget for the treatment of addicts in Balkh Addicts Treatment Hospital.

According to them, they only treat addicts in their public hospital whose families pay for the treatment.

Doctors at the Addiction Hospital in Balkh stressed that addicts are often in poor financial condition and unable to pay for their treatment.

However, residents of Mazar-e-Sharif say that after the takeover of the "Islamic Emirate", the number of drug addicts in Balkh has decreased and addicts cannot gather inside the city.

Doctors at the Balkh Addicts Hospital said that the number of addicts in Balkh had not changed with the takeover of the "Islamic Emirate" and that the reason for their decrease in the city is the obstruction of security forces who did not allow them to roam inside the city.

Meanwhile, there are more than 100,000 drug users and more than 5,000 addicts in Balkh.

Previously, addicts lived in cemeteries and garbage in all areas of Mazar-e-Sharif, harassing the citizens of Mazar-e-Sharif and citizens were complaining about the theft of their vehicles and property by addicts.
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