How Afghanistan Is Fueling Its Own Heroin Epidemic
Afghanistan produces an estimated 90% of the world's illicit opiates, most notably heroin. How do addicts live amidst this war-torn country?
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In the years since the US-led war on the Taliban started, Afghanistan's opiate drug production has exploded. The UN estimates that the country produces around 90 percent of the world's illicit opiates, most notably heroin.
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But it's not just production that's increased. Afghanistan is currently facing it's very own drug epidemic. Cheap heroin, coupled with years of political and social upheaval, has seen addiction rates spike as a growing number of citizens, from every walk of life, are getting hooked.
Read more about Afghanistan's drug epidemic:
New York Times: Kabul Residents Watch as Heroin Addiction Grows
AlJazeera: Afghanistan's war on drugs