Addiction in Afghanistan’s Women and Children

In 2009, an estimated 3% of women Afghanistan were addicted to opium or heroin; by 2015, that had climbed to 9.5%, the UN says.

And in 2015, 9.2% of children tested positive for at least one drug.

Some wives were introduced opium by husbands who gave it to them during pregnancy. Children are also exposed by secondhand smoke or by parents calming their fussing with a tiny dose of opium.

The numbers of people in the country suffering from opium and heroin use climbed from ~200,000 in 2005 to 1.9-2.4 million in 2015, according to the UN.

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