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Health: Drug Use: Central Asia
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“I loved the company. We had all the same interests and it was fun to be with them. One day, one of them produced a needle. At first I was horrified, then I decided to try too. After that we all started shooting up regularly. Soon I saw these people were no longer interesting. Our only goal in life was to get hold of drugs. I had always thought I could stop whenever I wanted, but suddenly I realized I was hooked.” Thus comments a 16-year-old girl in a Tajik television documentary (Narcotics and AIDS 2002), while young men said they started on drugs out of boredom and a sense of hopelessness.

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Harris, Colette, “Health: Drug Use: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0170b>
First published online: 2009

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