Preventing and Treating Opiates Addiction and HIV/AIDS Epidemics in Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries. UNODC (2008)

cover-coming-soon The South West and Central Asian region comprising Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan in the South West and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, have one of the highest prevalence of opioid use – heroin, opium and other opiates, in the world. While most countries in this region have had a long history of traditional opium use among certain sections in the society, the emergence of heroin in the local markets in the past decades has resulted in a surge of heroin and other opiates use with social and health consequences for the drug users as well as the society at large.

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