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Drug Addiction in Kabul

As the war against the Taliban insurgents continued so did the number of Afghanistan's drug users, then an estimated two million with 50,000-60,000 in Kabul alone. Addicts sometimes wait for months for a spot in a shelter provided on the ground floor before being admitted into the 45-day detox and rehabilitation program. While waiting, many continued to return to the nearby Russian Cultural Center, a well known gathering spot for users to get high, even after a major government crackdown. Funding remained an issue for the center which housed two NGO programs, Wadan and Nejat, as well as a government program that also accomodates addicts with mental dissabilites. According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Afghanistan's heroin addicts equaled 3.8% of the population in 2005, compared to .2% in the U.S.

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