But, someone wants to change that. This CBS story tells the story of addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the video accompanying it is heart-wrenching. 90% of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan, so a heroin epidemic in the area comes as no surprise. What does come as a surprise is the lack treatment options in the country.
The methadone program has just been introduced, and it gives promise to some. This program is only available to about 70 people. The story highlights one man, who was an IV heroin addict just last year. He was lucky enough to be part of this pilot methadone program, and he has begun to put his life back together. He lives with 9 other addicts, who are also on methadone and working towards recovery. The program was implemented to stop the spread of HIV. There is very little treatment available beyond this program.
The video shows alarming footage of heroin addicts, living and shooting up in the mud beneath a bridge in Kabul. The narrator talks of watching many of the addicts share bloody needles, as we see the video footage of just that. HIV has become an epidemic among IV drug users in Afghanistan, and it is believed that 1 in 14 have the virus. This is a staggering statistic, especially considering so many of these addicts share needles. Watch the video here .