The Wartorn Region Where Even Some 10-Year-Olds Are Hooked on Opioids

January 24, 2019

(CNN) – In the war-ravaged wasteland that is Syria, no one has gathered statistics on drug abuse. The doctor who runs the hospital, who requested that his name not be published for fear of reprisals, says substance abuse has skyrocketed since the start of the war. “We’re seeing addiction starting with children who are 10, 11 or 12 years old,” he says. “Addiction is supposed to start later, at the age of 18 or 19 or 20, but because of the breakup of families it’s starting at an early age.”

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