Drug addicts in Kabul say the Taliban do not leave them alone and do nothing but kill them.

According to Afghan media, a drug addict says that since the Taliban came, they have not allowed us to go out and kill us like animals.

Local Taliban officials say the crackdown is not aimed at abusing drug addicts, but at sending them back to hospitals.

“We catch them and take them to hospitals and release whatever is cured,” said Maulvi Fazlullah, a Taliban official.

The Taliban are using special vehicles to catch drug addicts and take them to hospitals.

Health expert Muhammad Hanif Popal says that we treat these people in two stages. In the first stage, their physical ailments and wounds are treated and in the second stage, they are referred to psychologists.

“During treatment, drug addicts are also allowed to visit their families,” he said.



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