The Minister of Public Health says that roughly three million people have contact with drugs in Afghanistan.
Firuzodin Firoz who was summoned by the Lower House of Parliament or Wolesi Jirga on Monday said 1.5 million people are drug addicted while the remaining 1.5 million are in a way involved in drugs.
Firoz said that there are 115 treatment centers for drug addicts across the country and that 27 of them are in capital Kabul.
At least 80 percent of Kabul’s drug addicts have received treatment in these centers but most of them have resortd to drugs.
“45,000 drug addicts are being treated every year all over the country but 60 percent of them returned to drugs,” he said.
Easy access to drugs and lack of job opportunities are the main reasons behind the increase in the number of drug addicts, Firoz said.