Tajikistan burns 1.7 tonnes of drugs, reports fewer registered addicts


DUSHANBE --- Tajik officials on Thursday (August 15) in Dushanbe incinerated more than 1.7 tonnes of seized drugs, including 50kg of heroin, ASIA-Plus reported, citing the Interior Ministry (MVD) press office.

The drugs were evidence in 159 criminal cases filed by the police.

Meanwhile, the number of registered drug addicts in Tajikistan has declined by more than one-third in the past decade, reported Thursday.

The number of registered Tajik addicts as of June 1 was 5,666, including 128 women, said Azim Ibrohim, chairman of the government's council for preventing drug abuse.

That number represents a 36% decline from the 2008 total of 8,846 registered addicts, said Sherkhon Salimzoda, director of the Tajik Drug Control Agency (AKN). He credited the reduction to unspecified measures taken by the Tajik government and other agencies.

The drug situation in Tajikistan and elsewhere depends on the situation in Afghanistan, said Salimzoda.

The countries share a border of more than 1,300km. Revenue from the sale of narcotics is the Afghan Taliban's main source of income.

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