Yemen Drug Addiction
Yemen's most pervasive drug problem is one that is rooted in cultural acceptability going back 500 years or more. And that is the chewing of khat or qat, the leaves of a shrub that grows in the country, that possess mild narcotic qualities. As much as 90 percent of adult men and 25 percent of the women store these leaves in their cheeks and slowly chew them throughout the day. The use of khat is common at social occasions but leads to problems of addiction and poor job performance.
As nearly half the families in Yemen live below the poverty line, to keep themselves supplied with khat they spend more on the drug than they spend on food. A one-day supply costs US$5 in a country where the average annual income is just US$900. Like methamphetamine, it deadens the appetite and stimulates the senses.
Many countries in the region use khat, but in Yemen, some people say its use approaches a national obsession. Yemen is a very poor country and it has a very high level of unemployment. Food supplies are scarce. Its population growth has been explosive which has produced a large number of poorly fed, disaffected youth. These problems set the stage for widespread khat use and addiction. Even some Yemeni children chew khat leaves, which can lead to malnutrition because of its appetite suppressant qualities.
Drug Trafficking Out of Yemen and into Saudi Arabia is a Persistent Problem
The border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia is largely porous, with weapons and drugs often passing into Saudi Arabia and food often passing into Yemen. Between 2008 and April 2010, six million kilograms of khat headed into Saudi Arabia from Yemen were seized, along with guns, whiskey, 4,000 kg of hashish and 387,000 narcotic pills.
Saudi Arabia has built a concrete wall along much of the border between the two countries, in an attempt to keep out drugs, guns, alcohol and those seeking to enter illegally to find work.
In 2008, Yemeni authorities seized more than 13 million tablets marked Captagon, the name often applied to formulations containing amphetamine. In one incident, 2.3 million Captagon tablets were found concealed in water heaters that were headed for Saudi Arabia.
In August 2010, a group of 15 smugglers attempted to bring 500 kg of hashish across the border into Saudi Arabia. They were fired on by the border guards and fired back, killing two guards. They finally left their shipment of drugs and fled back into Yemen.
Citizens of Yemen Can Benefit from Drug Education and Drug Rehabilitation
Any country that is struggling with drug problems should have available to it an effective drug education program and a type of drug rehab that really works. The test is whether or not fewer people start taking drugs and do those already addicted learn to live drug-free? Both of these results are obtained with the Narconon drug education program and the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
The long-term Narconon drug treatment program give addicts a chance to fully detoxify and regain their health, and then learn now to live a fully drug-free life. The Narconon drug education is used in schools and clubs around the world (and in many corporations) to teach young people to avoid drug use. It uses accurate information rather than orders or scare tactics. As a result, it is proven to reduce drug use statistics.
In Yemen or anywhere, people deserve a chance to grow up and live drug free. Narconon helps people achieve this goal.
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