Find Out How Provincial Afghan Clinics Are Helping Drug Addicts

In the provincial capital, Tarin Kot, a hand-painted sign of an opium smoker points to Hamidullah Bawari’s drug “clinic”. In a small courtyard among well-tended flowerbeds, a handful of recovering addicts shuffle around with their feet in chains. The treatment is rudimentary, consisting of little more than cold turkey eased by painkillers. Even cigarettes are banned. In the first 72 hours, patients have their heads shaved and their ankles shackled. A recent US-funded drug survey suggests that up to 11% of the Afghan population use drugs. The report, which is the first nationwide toxicological survey of drug use in Afghanistan, was based on saliva, urine and hair samples from more than 10,000 Afghans.