Obama's Afghan War Helps Create Many Opium Addicted Children
"A group of researchers hired by the U.S. Department of
State found staggering levels of opium in Afghan children, some as
young as 14 months old..."
"Among the factors leading to increased levels of drug use is the high unemployment rate throughout the country, the social upheaval provoked by this war and those that preceded it, as well as the return of refugees from Iran and Pakistan who became addicts while abroad."
Here is the link to the full article.
Fungus hits Afghan poppy crop (and raises heroin price)Fungus that destroys perhaps a quarter of the Afghan poppy crop had raised the price of heroin for the benefit of the Taliban. For more, see here.
UNODC Afghanistan Opium Survey Executive Summary 2009
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (and Terrorism) has just released this report containing much information in map and graphic form. It is a 9meg .pdf document downloadable from this website.
"Counterproductive" Afghan Drug Eradication by U.S. Ended
After many years, the unsuccessful program spending $18,000 per acre of U.S. taxpayer's money to eradicate poppies in Afghanistan has ended. See the article here.
Tim Elfrink wrote this dramatic summary of the recent history of cigarette smuggling as a source of terrorist income for the Miami New Times.
A bonfire of drugs in Kabul
"In the foothills north of Kabul, six and a half tonnes of heroin, opium and hashish were set ablaze..." It was "...a minuscule triumph, a small victory against the traffickers." See the Al Jazeera article here.
Obama Plan for U.S. Military - Help Eradicate Afghan Opium
The Times of India explains the setting, and the new U.S. administration's desires here.
Afghan opium problem discussed
Bernd Debusmann, Reuters columnist, discusses the Afghan opium problem, and readers comment. For more, see here. Thanks to David Trippel for the tip.
Christina Oguz interviewed re opium-growing in Afghanistan
Dave Trippel brings to our attention an interview with Christina Oguz, country director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan. Nearly all the opium grown in the country is grown in seven southern provinces. For the interview, see here.
Taliban stockpiling opium
The Taliban is stockpiling opium in Afghanistan in order to keep prices from slipping. For more, see here.