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    80% of HIV-infected Kyrgyz nationals are drug addicts

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    BISHKEK, August 4 (RIA Novosti, Yulia Orlova) - Eighty percent of HIV-infected Kyrgyz nationals are intravenous drug addicts, the Kyrgyz government's committee for the prevention of drug addiction and alcoholism said Thursday.

    The committee says there are more than 100,000 drug addicts, or 4% of the adult population, in this Central Asian republic.

    Drug addiction in Kyrgyzstan has grown six-fold in the past ten years and has changed its structure. Marijuana, which is widely spread in Central Asia, has been replaced by opium and heroin.

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