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Rehab in disused NATO camp in Kabul
Afghan officials have opened a new drug treatment center in an abandoned NATO military base in Kabul, in the latest attempt to stamp out the country's massive problem of drug abuse.

Afghanistan is one of the world's biggest sources of opium, producing around 3,300 tonnes last year, despite a drop of 48 percent in output.

With the economy in ruins after decades of war and unable to provide jobs for young Afghans, demand for the temporary relief provided by drugs is high.

Camp Phoenix, a former training camp on the edges of Kabul set up by the U.S. army in 2003, will take in around 1,000 homeless drug addicts who will receive food, medical attention and treatment, said Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz.

"We give them a proper shave, they will take a shower, winter clothing and treatment will follow," he said, showing reporters around the facility, which offers a 45-day course of treatment for homeless addicts.

"We will return them as normal members of society."
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A drug addict looks out of a window at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul, Afghanistan January 3, 2016. Afghan officials have opened the new drug treatment centre in an abandoned NATO military base in Kabul, in the latest attempt to stamp out the country's massive problem of drug abuse. Camp Phoenix, a former training camp on the edges of Kabul set up by the U.S. army in 2003, will take in around 1,000 homeless drug addicts who will receive food, medical attention and treatment, said Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz. Picture taken January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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A doctor checks a drug addict at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul, Afghanistan January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Drug addicts walk up stairs at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul, Afghanistan January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Doctors check on a man during a police round up of suspected drug addicts, in Kabul, Afghanistan December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Police detain a man to be taken to a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, during a round up of suspected drug addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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People sit in lines at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, after a police round up of suspected drug addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Police detain a man to be taken to a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, during a round up of suspected drug addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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People shelter under the Pul-e Sokhta bridge in western Kabul, during a police round up of suspected drug addicts December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Drug addicts sits on their beds at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul, Afghanistan January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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A drug addict holds his head as he sits on his bed at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul, Afghanistan January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Police detain a man to be taken to a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, during a round up of suspected drug addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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A drug addict looks out of a window at a newly-opened treatment centre at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul, Afghanistan January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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