Afghanistan has been the largest opium producer in the world and more than 90 percent of the global supply has come from the country in the last decade.
As per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) research, Afghanistan's opium production grew 7 percent in 2011 from a year before due to increase in price and worsening security.
On the same lines, the consumption of opium in Afghanistan has also increased frantically. Reuters said in a report that, according to the UNODC, Afghanistan has around one million heroin and opium addicts out of a population of 30 million, making it the world's top user per capita.
The worst is that even women and children in rural areas of Afghanistan consume opium on a regular basis to cure their illnesses. The Afghans believe that opium has curative powers.
This practice has affected the lives of women in the backward country. The UN-funded Nejat drug rehabilitation center recently estimated that around 60,000 women in Afghanistan regularly take illegal drugs, including hashish and marijuana.
The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) informed told Reuters that it wanted to roll out methadone to drug addicts as an option to treatment, but the Ministry of Counter-narcotics objected the project, saying it would introduce yet another narcotic onto the black market.
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