Drugs in Afghanistan: Opium, Outlaws and Scorpion Tales by David Macdonald PDF

By David Macdonald

ISBN-10: 074532617X

ISBN-13: 9780745326177

ISBN-10: 0745326188

ISBN-13: 9780745326184

Afghanistan is the world's greatest manufacturer of opium and heroin. This publication explores the devastating impression that the medication exchange has had at the Afghan humans. writer David Macdonald has labored as a medicine consultant to the UN. according to his huge adventure, this publication breaks down the myths surrounding the cultivation and intake of substances, supplying a close research of the historical past of drug use in the kingdom. He examines the impression of over 25 years of continuing clash, and exhibits how poverty and instability has resulted in a rise in medications intake. He additionally considers the new upward thrust within the use of pharmaceutical medicines, leading to harmful chemical cocktails and analyses the impression of Afghanistan's drug alternate on neighbouring international locations.

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From previous experiences with the Taliban, however, it can be safely assumed that their figures were suspect and that a substantial percentage of any such funding would have been diverted into their own pockets, irrespective of how many drug users required treatment. In early 2001 a small grant was given by the UNDCP to the Talibanled DCCU in Kabul to upgrade the drug dependency treatment Centre of the city’s mental health hospital and to check whether the DCCU would be able to implement such a project before considering any future funding.

31 At that time, with a foreign empire stretching through Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, Alexander had to leave his largest army of occupation in what is now Afghanistan. Over 40 per cent of his infantry and over 95 per cent of his cavalry posted to foreign garrisons were left in Bactria (modern-day Balkh) in an attempt to pacify local warlords. 32 Even the national Afghan game of buzkashi, where two teams involving hundreds of horsemen chase a headless goat carcass around a large field, has been interpreted as a metaphor for chaotic, uninhibited and uncontrollable competition among Afghans, particularly in the political arena, as well as a commemoration of cultural heritage.

Inevitably it has to take liberties with the truth, a commodity hard to grasp in a country where scorpion tales abound and the boundaries between fact and fiction are frequently blurred. Public truth remains where it has always been, on the shadowy margins between media images and the ideologies of the powerful. The book’s main purpose is to try and clarify what drugs mean in Afghanistan and to the people who consume them, why they use them, and the types of problems that arise from their consumption.

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