Afghanistan is currently experiencing alarming levels of heroin addiction among its citizens, and heroin addiction is spreading fast throughout the country, says Pamela Constable in a report for The Washington Post.
The report says that a United Nations estimate pegs the number of drug users in the Afghan cities alone at 1.6 million or 5.2 per cent of the population. The countryside is home to 3 million more drug users.
According to officials, this heroin epidemic in Afghanistan, which also happens to be the world’s top producer of heroin, is being caused by widespread unemployment, the return from Iran or Pakistan of wartime exiles who are addicted, and bountiful harvests of opium poppies, the source crop for heroin and other opiates.
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