Afghan Police Round Up Kabul Addicts In Fight Against Drugs

By AP

Published October 24th, 2017

Afghan Police Round Up Kabul Addicts In Fight Against Drugs

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police and health workers have fanned across Kabul and under the city's bridges, to round up drug addicts and try and help them.

The young men mostly survive on the street by feeding off garbage and begging or stealing money for their next fix.

Abbas Farasoo, spokesman for the counter-narcotics department, says Tuesday's police sweep netted more than 150 addicts.

He says they were taken to a rehab center where they will spend the next three months trying to kick the habit before they are reunited with their families.

It's part of a new government campaign. Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of drug use in the world, with an estimated 3 million addicts — around 10 percent of the population of 30 million.

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