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200 cured addicts discharged from Kabul rehab center

200 cured addicts discharged from Kabul rehab center

Oct 25, 2017 - 00:30

KABUL (Pajhwok): A group of 200 drug addicts was discharged from a rehabilitation centre in Kabul on Tuesday upon completing a three-month treatment course.

Another group of 200 junkies collected from various parts of the city were transferred to the centre after the previous group was discharged, said Dr. Fida Mohammad Paikan, deputy Public Health Minister .

He told a ceremony at the 1000-bed hospital for addicts that about 100,000 people addicted to drugs existed in Kabul.

Paikan said the 200 cured addicts were replaced by another 200 individuals who had been gathered from beneath Pul-i-Soktha Bridge with the help of the ministries of counternarcotics and interior.

Paikan warned of possible return of the treated patients to their old habit and also voiced concern about low cooperation of families.

He said recently 11 members of addicts’ families were arrested for transferring drugs to the addicts under treatment.

According to information from the Ministry of Counter-narcotics, the level of reverting back to drugs has decreased by 60 to 80 percent.

A report published last year by the Afghan ministries of public health and counternarcotics and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of US Department of State said number of addicts in Afghanistan is three million or 600,000 individuals, including 850,000 women and 110,000 children.