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Risk of HIV Rises in Pakistan's Half-Million Heroin Addicts

February 27, 2003

UN and Pakistani officials warned, with the launch of an International Narcotics Control Board report Wednesday, that the AIDS threat is rising among Pakistan's half-million addicts amid increased intravenous heroin use. The trend toward injecting heroin creates a serious problem looming on the horizon, said Aziz Khan, secretary of Pakistan's Narcotics Control Division. "We are looking at it also from the point of the HIV threat, and the UN is also helping us in that regard," he added. According to the report, Pakistan remains a transit point for international drug trafficking. The country's anti-drug forces are ill-equipped and undermanned to curb the spread of heroin, which originates mostly in nearby Afghanistan.

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse
02.26.03



  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 

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