Heroin Addiction in Kunduz Province

The population in the Kunduz province in Afghanistan is 800,000. According to the province’s drug treatment center, there are up to 30,000 people who are addicted to drugs in the province. 40 percent of the addicts are women and children.

Across Afghanistan, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime estimates that there were 1 million drug addicts in the country in 2010. The most commonly used drug is opium, followed by heroin.

5,800 tons of opium was produced in Afghanistan in 2011.

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Source: Bethany Matta, “Afghan women, children held in addiction’s grip,” USA Today, June 4, 2012.