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Afghan Opium Boom Breaks Record Again

The opium business in Afghanistan has only become more bustling and more popular. See the latest statistics from the United Nations reports about poppy cultivation in the war-torn country.

Tajikistan Eradicates Opium…And Marijuana?

March 13, police in Tajikistan burned more than 722.3 kilograms of seized drugs, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The destroyed substances included 43 kilos of heroin and 11.2 kilos of opium.

Guatemala Considers Legal Opium Cultivation

Guatemala has emerged as a major opium producer in recent years, and now President Otto Pérez Molina -- a conservative who is increasingly breaking with the US-led "drug war" consensus -- is considering legalized and regulated cultivation of the poppy as ...

Golden Triangle Opium Boom

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its newly released annual Southeast Asia Opium Survey (PDF) finds that opium production in Burma continued to increase in 2013 -- up 26% to an estimated 870 metric tons. This is the highest amount since the UN began keeping trac...

Afghan Opium Production Hits Record High

The latest Afghanistan Opium Survey, released November 13 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), finds that the country produced record levels of poppy in 2013. Total production reached 5,500 tons -- up by nearly 50% over last year's figure of 3,700. Cultivation...

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