The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says since the Islamic Emirate took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, 28,000 drug addicts have been treated or are undergoing treatment.
Spokesmen of the Ministry of Interior, Kabul Municipality and the Ministry of Public Health held a press conference in Kabul and reported back on the achievements of the Islamic Emirate in the fight against narcotics.
Sharaf Zaman, the spokesman for the MoPH, said thousands of drug addicts are currently being treated in 60 treatment centers across the country.
According to MoPH figures, 89,000 children and women are also addicted to drugs.
Abdul Nafi Takour, the spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, stated that a survey has been started to determine the extent of cultivation, production and trafficking of narcotics and that no one will be allowed to cultivate and produce narcotics in the country.
According to Takour, 82,000 addicts have been rounded up from across the country, 26,850 of them from Kabul.
The ministry added that in the past year, 4,210 operations against drug cultivation and trafficking have been conducted and 5,051 people have been arrested as a result of these operations.
Meanwhile, Nematullah Barakzai, Kabul Municipality’s representative said that the biggest gathering center of drug addicts [Pole Sokhta] in Kabul has been cleaned out and restored.
According to Barakzai, 375,000 metric tons of garbage have been removed from Kabul’s Pole Sokhta area.