April 17, 2009 Afghanistan's growing drug abuse problem is outpacing meager efforts to combat it. A U.N. program in Kabul is overwhelmed with up to 1,500 heroin and opium users a day. Experts say U.S. efforts to stabilize the country are being undermined by too little support from the West for drug prevention and treatment programs.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/103142283/103202542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
April 16, 2009 A growing number of Afghans, including women and children, are escaping the pain of war and poverty by using opium or heroin, for as little as a dollar a day. A new U.N. survey is expected to show that at least 1 in 12 Afghans abuses drugs. Experts say the government isn't addressing the problem.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/102984398/103158493" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor