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Afghanistan's growing number of child drug addicts

Published on Feb 11, 2013 11:52 AM

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) - They play badminton, kick a ball around and huddle over computer games just like normal children.

Except that they are recovering drug addicts aged around three to 12, representing a growing proportion of drug users in war-torn Afghanistan.

In response, increasing numbers of rehabilitation centres are weaning such children off their addiction and giving them a new appetite for life in a country that produces 90 percent of the world's opium used to make heroin.

While there are no statistics for kids, the rate of relapse is high for their parents, experts say.

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