Afghanistan’s drug addiction: a growing burden

Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer and cultivator of opium poppies; it produces almost three quarters of the world’s illicit opium. While a significant amount of the opium produced in Afghanistan is trafficked out of the country, in 2009 it was estimated that almost 10 per cent of Afghans aged between 15 and 64 were drug users. Read a full report on UN report.

The awful cost of heroin dependence in Afghanistan

A study published last week adds to a growing body of research showing that Afghanistan also has a high rate of drug usage — about 5.1 percent, or 1 in 20 people. Opioids and cannabis were the most popular. Read more

Afghanistan’s drug addicts

As opium production increases despite billions spent to stop it, Afghanistan’s addicts are also on the rise. (more…)

Afghanistan inhaling its own smoke

A U.S. Department of State report in 2009 estimated there are two million drug users in the country with at least 50-60,000 drug addicts in Kabul alone. Curbing the cultivation of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin, is the goal of a U.S. program that has doled out $80 million (54 million euros) since 2007. (more…)

Afghanistan’s Fatal Injections

From 2005 to 2009, the use of opiates doubled, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, putting Afghanistan on par with Russia and Iran, and the number of heroin users jumped more than 140 percent. (more…)

Afghanistan: Drowning into the hell of heroin

It is no surprise to hear that a country which has often been entitled as the world’s largest opium producer, today, has it holds the highest number of addicts. Afghanistan is not only at the brink of a civil war as a result of its dysfunctional polity and its bellicose contenders who are not willing to compromise, but because of its increasingly opium cultivation and trade that might splinter the country into mini states. (more…)