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After war and terror, Iraq plagued by drug crisis

By: Karim HAKIKI | Amar Al HAMEEDAWI
1 min

Life may be gradually getting back to normal in Iraq, but drug use is spiralling. In a society still recovering from years of conflict and terrorist attacks, the issue has become a public health crisis, especially among young people and former militias, who are victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Our reporters Karim Hakiki and Amar Al Hameedawi travelled to Baghdad, where they followed the narcotics squad. Its police officers are fighting against the scourge of drugs, despite a severe lack of resources. Our team also visited the only hospital in the Iraqi capital that deals with addiction issues. Due to a lack of space, only a handful of drug addicts can be treated.

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