Fez - They tell their stories regretfully with tears trickling down and lumps in throats. Each one of them has a different story of how he or she first was tempted to use it. And gradually they found themselves deep in the abyss in the point of no return. The beginnings of their stories are different in small details but they have almost always the same ending: loss, illnesses, crime and drastic poverty. The reality of heroin use in Morocco is really alarming. Reports about the phenomenon say that the Northern cities of the country are swept over by heroin and the number of addicts is increasing day in day out.

Youssef El Kaidi is a PhD candidate at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdelah Fez.