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Heroin Track Marks Are the Scars of War in Afghanistan

Decades of war have driven many Afghans to heroin, but addicts face stigma and trauma.

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The real crime is the relentless, brutal and deadly war on Afghan drug users, a vulnerable and traumatized segment of the population. The drawdown of American troops and the end of the war and occupation could help Afghanistan to develop a new drug policy based on human rights, respect and compassion. 

*All names have been changed to protect privacy. Photos by Helen Redmond. 

Helen Redmond is a freelance journalist and a drug and health policy analyst.

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