A heroin epidemic


According to a United Nations survey, 1 in 12 Afghans abuses drugs--twice the number in the last survey four years ago. In Kabul, men gathered at the bombed-out former Russian Cultural Center to get high next to a new UN detox center. Women used at home, smoking and shooting up next to, and sometimes with, their children.

Addicts light up in the former Russian Cultural Center. The buildings are bombed-out shells with no electricity, running water or sanitation. Drug users buy heroin at the entrance to the buildings, in plain sight of Afghan anti-narcotics police. Around 650 addicts live at the center, and an additional 1500 more go there each day to buy and use drugs.

Addicts light up in the former Russian Cultural Center. The buildings are bombed-out shells with no electricity, running water or sanitation. Drug users buy heroin at the entrance to the buildings, in plain sight of Afghan anti-narcotics police. Around 650 addicts live at the center, and an additional 1500 more go there each day to buy and use drugs.

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