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100 drug addicts handed over to families after treatment in Nangarhar

JALALABAD (PAN): About 100 drug addicts who received treatment in Kabul were on Sunday handed over to their families in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said.

After the men were handed over to their families at the Nangarhar police headquarters, the families promised not to let them return to drugs again.

Health experts say poverty, poor economic conditions, unemployment and easy access to drugs are the reasons for the growing number of addicts.

Meanwhile, Nangarhar police officials said they had launched a crackdown on drug sellers, arresting some and seeking to arrest others.

Ata-ur-Rehman Fateh, director of public health, said the addicts were repatriated from the capital Kabul to Nangarhar after a 45-day treatment and handed over to their families.

These individuals had been collected from various parts of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, and sent to Kabul for treatment and now they were reunited with their families, he added.

Meanwhile, Hafiz Bilal, deputy police chief of Nangarhar, said the treated individuals had promised not to return to drugs before they were handed over to their families.

He said serious steps had been taken to arrest drug traffickers, adding that some of them had been arrested and efforts were underway to nab others.

Health officials say poverty, unemployment and easy access to drugs are problems that have led to an increase in the number of drug addicts.

Shapoor Seerat, head of the Kabul Addiction Treatment Hospital, said the government should stop the sale of drugs and provide jobs to rehabilitated individuals.

Siddiqullah, whose father has just recovered from drug abuse, said it was a good move by government officials, but that it should provide jobs for the people and stop the sale of drugs.

A survey conducted in 2015 showed that the number of addicts in Nangarhar was 110,000, but officials say that number may have risen sharply by now.

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