By David Macdonald
Afghanistan is the world's greatest manufacturer of opium and heroin. This booklet explores the devastating influence that the medicine exchange has had at the Afghan humans. writer David Macdonald has labored as a medicine consultant to the UN. in keeping with his broad adventure, this publication breaks down the myths surrounding the cultivation and intake of gear, supplying an in depth research of the heritage of drug use in the nation. He examines the influence of over 25 years of constant clash, and indicates how poverty and instability has ended in a rise in medications intake. He additionally considers the hot upward thrust within the use of pharmaceutical medications, leading to harmful chemical cocktails and analyses the influence of Afghanistan's drug exchange on neighbouring nations.
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Macdonald 01 chap01 19 6/12/06 16:44:00 20 Drugs in Afghanistan and three quotations were produced by the DCCU for all intended purchases. Arriving in Kabul in May 2001 to visit the centre, the first thing I did was to ask the recovering drug users if they had any complaints. To a man, they all pointed downwards to the beds and mattresses that they were lying on. The beds were simple metal frames with carelessly sawn wooden slats lying across them. These were the same beds that had been invoiced as ‘orthopaedic beds’ costing $115 each.
REPORTING DRUG USE These deadly sins, however, not only manifest at the national level but also at the international level. The UNODCCP World Drug Report 2000, for example, was criticised for containing a wide range of such sins, especially when compared to the previous report of 1997. Professor Emeritus Arnold S. 27 Apart from the report not dealing fairly with new innovations and experiments on ‘the cutting edge of the drug field’ and being ‘in many respects a defence of the existing order of [drug] control in the world’, Trebach argued that the claims made in the report regarding sharp reductions in Macdonald 01 chap01 26 6/12/06 16:44:01 Scorpion Tales 27 drug production and consumption needed to be approached with a great deal of caution.
On 17 December 2005 President Karzai also signed the new Counter Narcotics Law that mandated the establishment of ‘health centers for detoxification, treatment, rehabilitation and harm reduction services for drug addicted and drug dependent persons’. By early 2006 three NSPs existed in Kabul city with plans for the scaling-up of such services to other areas of the country. 33 At the same time it should be recognised that harm reduction services can also be used effectively with non-injecting drug users.