Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

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The High Rates of Addictions in Kabul

Dear Editor,
Afghanistan is the world's leading producer of opium and heroin, exporting drugs to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and other neighboring countries. But the scale of domestic drug abuse has only recently become apparent. Today the youngsters are reportedly to be choosing a very unhealthy life style which is an absolute self-suicide by using drug, opium and heroin. Drugs and other Crime found nearly 1 million addicts in this nation of about 30 million people; including 60,000 children under age 15 are fully involved in the drug addiction.

Despite numbers of concerning challenges in the country, to getthe youngsters rid of drug and heroin addiction areanother worrying issue of the day which must be under extreme consideration of the government if not before. Currently in Afghanistan that will mean looking at the social and economic factors that make illegal poppy production so attractive to the local farmers. Real alternatives need to be offered to those same farmers and promises of subsidies and other investments kept.It will mean, examining the real axis of evil that exists within Afghanistan's terrorist and criminal underworlds.

As matter of fact, the terrible irony is that same industry is funding the Taliban forces against which those soldiers' lives' will shortly be pitted. After ten years of constant conflict and human casualties that is a monumental scandal. It is time for answers from our respectable government. Why have they failed utterly to stem the tide of human misery that flow from Afghanistan to the streets of various country in the world particularly in the streets of Kabul city itself which caused numbers of youngsters involved in it.

Now it about time, the government did something about the affects of Drug and opium which are taking the lives of hundreds and thousands of people every year. So, I hope the government takes this issue serious and takes more health steps to reduce the numbers of drug and heroin addiction.

Truly Yours
Fatima Jalali
Kart-e- Now, Kabul