Chained to a habit
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Chained to a habit
A heroin addict at the Haji Janaan Trust, a drug rehabilitation organization in the city of Chaman on 26 June 2013 that borders Kandahar in Afghanistan. The Trust, a voluntary body, rounds up drug addicts from the streets of Chamanand keep them chained through the detox and rehabilitation period to keep them from fleeing the premises and relapsing. According to the Ministry of Narcotics Control, sixty per cent of the drug addicts in Pakistan fall in the age group of 15 to 30 years. Thereare 45,000 drug users in Balochistan province, out of which 4,500 injecting drug users (IDUs). Some 80 percent of drug addicts in Balochistan share needles. Up to 20 percent of these sell blood. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees that works in refugee settlements to create awareness about HIV/Aids, there are four to five hundred HIV-positive patients in Balochistan, most of them drug addicts. Other than the provincial capital of Quetta, the cities most affected by HIV/Aids in Balochistan are Chaman, Kharan, Panjgur, Turbat and Loralai. UPI Next/Matiullah Achakzai.