Smoke and Misery in Afghanistan

by The Discovering Alcoholic on August 10, 2009

Smoke and Misery in Afghanistan at The Discovering Alcoholic

SARAB, Afghanistan — Open the door to Islam Beg’s house and the thick opium smoke rushes out into the cold mountain air, like steam from a bathhouse. It’s just past 8 a.m. and the family of six — including a 1-year-old boy — is already curled up at the lip of the opium pipe. ~

The Detroit Free Press ( has an excellent photo essay and accompanying article on the rampant opium and heroin abuse in Afghanistan. One thing I would ask you to do before responding about how much of a shame it is that these people are suffering so… is to reflect back upon some of this year’s news stories here in the States and realize that we have people living in almost exactly the same manner here!

Which is the bigger shame? Those trapped in third world countries suffering from addiction with little hope for support or treatment, or the situation here where the money, support, and treatment is available but not a priority?

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