World Drug Report Shows Afghanistan Still Top Source of Opium

worlddrugreport2013The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) just issued the 2013 World Drug Report. Among the many things mentioned in the report is that Afghanistan is still the top producer of opium poppies in the world.

There is some concern that international forces will withdraw from the country next year, but the high level of illicit drug production and trafficking occurs while the country is occupied with internatioanl forces anyway, so it appears that the focus should stay more on prevention, intervention and treatment instead.

Information released by the UNODC stated that Afghanistan produced 75 percent of global illicit opium production in 2012. The report did also say that heroin use was generally lower in many parts of the world, such as Europe, but was generally stable.

Heroin is a narcotic drug that is made from morphine, which is a derivitive of opium. About 1.6 percent of the population of the United States over the age of 12 has tried heroin at least once in their lifetime, which is the equivalent of more than four million people.

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