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K-pillen in Afghanistan

Discussie in 'Nieuws en actualiteiten!' gestart door שמש, 21 jul 2019.

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    'It's something we use for fun': A new street drug in Afghanistan
    Users describe why they are increasingly addicted to so-called Tablet-K pills, a drug that officials know little about.

    by Ali M Latifi & Mohsin Khan Momand
    12 minutes ago
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    Image for illustrative purposes only. There is nothing to suggest anyone in this image is affected by the subject of this article [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
    Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities.

    Jalalabad, Afghanistan - The Zangoui settlement, where members of the Kochi nomad population live for part of the year, is on the edge of Jalalabad in Afghanistan's east.

    It is usually quiet, cut off from the bustle of the commercial and cultural hub.

    But on one warm day last month, the calm was broken by the sounds of a Ford Ranger speeding down the road.


    A group of well-to-do young men in their 20s get out and start discussing a new drug that has, in their words, gained popularity among young Afghans.

    "Hashish is nothing. Opium is nothing. All anyone wants to do now is drop Tablet-K," said Gharzai*, a fit 23-year-old university student who like his friends, seems to have a hard time concentrating. He admits he has taken the drug.

    The pill he is referring to is still largely a mystery to officials, who are startled by its sudden rise, along with crystal meth.

    While it took about a decade for heroin to become prominent, both meth and the so-called Tablet-K appear to have become the drug of choice for young people in a shorter time.

    Last December, officials from the interior, public health, and counter-narcotics ministries, and the United Nations, addressed the rising use of Tablet-K.

    "Even school students have turned to using Tablet-K," said Mohammad Naseer Sharifi, who runs a programme aimed at reducing drug demand, under the Counter-Narcotics Ministry.

    Al Jazeera interviewed Afghans from Nangarhar, Kunduz and Kabul, who said they had used the drug.

    Two teenaged students at a private high school in Kabul said they knew several classmates who frequently take Tablet-K.

    According to a news report in April, in the southeastern province of Paktia, health officials said Tablet-K pills had been seized from local pharmacies.

    In Jalalabad, Mohammad, who works at a pharmacy, told Al Jazeera the drug could be found anywhere from taxis, kebab shops, rickshaws and even pharmacies.

    "We put it in antibiotics packets and when those who know what to ask for approach us, we sell it to them under the guise of medicine," said Mohammad*, who uses the drug and requested anonymity.

    There is very little understanding of the drug's ingredients.

    In 2017, the United Nations has said the pills, likely a form of stimulants, could contain anything from Metahmphetamine to MDMA, but that: "The content of tablets sold as 'Tablet-K' in Afghanistan remains unclear."

    Shah Mahmood Miakhel, the governor of Nangarhar province, has said he does not know what goes into Tablet-K.

    "The police have to know what they're looking for, otherwise it just looks like medicine. Also, dealers are smart, they change the code name all the time, so one week they call it 'potatoes', another week they refer to it as 'eggplants,'" said Gharzai, the 23-year-old student, who said he has previously taken eight or nine pills at a time.

    Tablet-K is believed to be more expensive in cities such as Kabul, pictured here, compared with prices in eastern Afghanistan [File: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images]
    Though the drug has spread across several geographic zones, according to reports and experts, users in Jalalabad say the strain sold in the east of the country is particularly dangerous, because it comes from Karkhano, a market area across the Durand Line in Peshawar, that is known as a haven for addicts and dealers.

    Because Peshawar lies just beyond the Torkham crossing, users and officials say it is easy for traffickers to bring the drugs across the Durand Line.

    This has impacted the price of the pills in the east.

    Pills sold in Kabul and the northern province of Kunduz typically come from Tajikistan and cost anywhere between $10 and $100 a piece, but those sold in the eastern zone cost only a few hundred Pakistani rupees each, around a couple of dollars.

    However, users in Jalalabad said the cheap pills were "knockoffs" or "bootlegs", meaning they were less certain of the drug's contents.

    "Today, no young person would dare to use heroin like the junkies do, but how are we to know these Pakistanis aren't putting heroin in these pills to keep the costs down," said Saber*, a 26-year-old friend of Gharzai's.

    Heroin is associated with impoverished addicts and low-level criminals in Afghanistan, but the Tablet-K users Al Jazeera spoke to ranged from government officials and journalists to young people who study at expensive schools.

    "We barely have proper parks to go to, let alone a party or a club, so you have these young people getting together in their houses to use these party drugs," said Heela*, a 27-year-old NGO worker in Kabul.

    "Heroin is for junkies. Hash and opium are what your father uses or what you use when you have nothing better at your disposal. Alcohol is either too expensive or seen as haram (forbidden in Islam), so bored kids with some money naturally turn to things like Tablet-K."

    Drugs such as heroin are associated with impoverished addicts in Afghanistan, while Tablet-K has been used by young, wealthy Afghans [File: S.Sabawoon/EPA]
    As for the effects of the pill, Gharzai and Saber said they experience a general calming effect, "a lightness".

    Others said they feel their heartbeat racing and that the drug suppresses their appetite.

    Some claimed their skin takes on a pale tone after taking Tablet-K.

    Mustafa*, part of the Gharzai's group, said: "There's so much negativity in Afghanistan, and for those four hours you just finally feel happy and light.

    "It's something we use for fun."

    He described one pill called Silver. Other strains include Pink, which has a Red Bull logo. In Kunduz province, the drug is known as Dollar, with a dollar sign imprinted on each pill.

    Nangarhar governor Miakhel, has launched a province-wide anti-drugs campaign.

    He told Al Jazeera that customs officials have come across vehicles transporting hundreds of pills in clear, unmarked bags full of Tablet-K.

    One raid in February led to the seizure of 900 Tablet-K pills in Sorkh Rod district, just outside Jalalabad.

    Another seizure in pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility in Sorkh Rod, earlier this month, yielded 11,000 pills.

    Miakhel explained that his fight against substances like Tablet-K is a personal crusade for the young people of Afghanistan.

    Meanwhile, religious scholars in Ghazni province have highlighted the risk to young people.

    Speaking at a recent Friday prayer sermon, which was broadcast on local TV, they said that the narcotics trade is forbidden in Islam and claimed that the increased use of synthetic drugs could destroy society.

    "They (young people) all have become addicted to Tablet-K pills. It is more dangerous than heroin, crystal and hashish," said an unnamed cleric, urging parents to be more aware. "It is a shame for our society."

    Neo-Shulginist vindt dit leuk.
  2. Neo-Shulginist

    Neo-Shulginist Bewuste gebruiker

    Toch knap hoeveel woorden je kunt gebruiken voor 'we weten het niet'
    De Dunne, acht.zes en שמש vinden dit leuk.
  3. acht.zes

    acht.zes Badass junkie De Leukste Thuis!

    Ja dat krijg je dus als er geen testcentra voorhanden zijn, mensen gaan allerlei kutpillen nemen zonder te weten wat er in zit lol.

    Overigens is Afghanistan de grootste heroineproducent ter wereld, iets van 90% van de totle productie komt daar vandaan, en het heroinegebruik is daar het op een na grootste ter wereld na Iran, bijna 3 procent van de bevolking gebruikt daar heroine of een van heroine afgeleide drug.

    Maar nu is er dus wat meer keus, ik gok zo dat er regelmatig heroine wordt geruild tegen bijvoorbeeld XTC pillen uit Nederland, variantje op de coke tegen XTC uit de netflix serie Undercover.
    Laatst bewerkt: 21 jul 2019
  4. Jmths

    Jmths Wijs gebruiker Tripreporter

    Zit waarschijnlijk captagon / fenethylline in. Is amfetamine met daaraan een milde cafeïne gelijkende molecuul geplakt.
    Voornamelijk een amfetamine prodrug dus.
  5. ATGC

    ATGC Belezen gebruiker

    Alcohol is haram, daarbuiten mag alles eigenlijk :innocent:

    Het schijnt dat in Palestina Tramadol ook wel een dingetje is.
  6. JanDeBrandweerman

    JanDeBrandweerman Experimenterende gebruiker

    Lmao, dat gebruiken die soldaatjes van IS ook, beetje zo'n tweede wereldoorlogssituatie waarbij de soldaten amfetamines slikken om meer energie te krijgen. Gebeurt ook gewoon in normaal leger, alleen is dit pilletje terechtgekomen in de handen van de onwetende bevolking die zelf geen toegang heeft tot andere drugs.
    Jmths vindt dit leuk.
  7. JanDeBrandweerman

    JanDeBrandweerman Experimenterende gebruiker

    Dat betwijfel ik, Palestina is volledig uitgeroeid door die joodjes die hun eigen land wouden hebben en de Palestijnen die nog grond bezitten zijn zeker straatarm en leven van gras en rivierwater.

    In Afghanistan is trouwens niet iedereen moslim dus het lijkt mij heel waarschijnlijk dat omdat alcohol daar verboden is de mensen aan de pillen zitten.
  8. De Dunne

    De Dunne Badass junkie

    Als alcohol verboden is betekent dat niet dat ze niet zuipen als een malle! Ik ben in Islamitische strenge landen geweest en geloof me, er word gezopen bij de vleet. Je koopt blikken bier etc via de achteringang van winkels, desnoods bevroren uit de vriezer, stopt het in een vuilnis zak en mee nemen maar.
    Vooral de moslim mannen aldaar. Alcohol is in veel van die landen een groot probleem. Alleen gaat het stiekem.
    JanDeBrandweerman vindt dit leuk.
  9. JanDeBrandweerman

    JanDeBrandweerman Experimenterende gebruiker

    Net als hier met drugs! Ook de koninklijke familie daar houdt wel van een biertje hoor, alleen wordt dat niet openbaar verteld
    De Dunne vindt dit leuk.
  10. acht.zes

    acht.zes Badass junkie De Leukste Thuis!

    Ik heb ooit in Tunesie illegaal alcohol gekocht met een paar locals lol!

    Alcohol is (of was, geen idee) daar verboden, behalve in de op westerlingen gerichte resorts en hotels.
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