UNDP reports four million drug users in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has reported that Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of opiate use in the world, with an estimated four million drug users.

The UN development agency revealed that it has provided “opioid substitution therapy” to 1,600 drug addicts in five provinces across Afghanistan. This initiative comes amid ongoing claims by the Taliban of their efforts to combat narcotics and address the challenges of drug addiction in the country.

Drug trafficking remains a significant concern for Afghanistan’s neighbors, particularly the Central Asian nations, which are directly impacted by the flow of narcotics from the region.