15 Nov '17, 9pm

Opium production up 87 percent in Afghanistan

Opium production up 87 percent in Afghanistan

Opium production is up 87 percent in Afghanistan this year to a record level of 9000 tons, 4200 tons more than 2016, according to recent report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC. “It is high time for the international community and Afghanistan to reprioritize drug control, and to acknowledge that every nation has a shared responsibility for this global problem,” UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said at the launch of today’s report. 87% ↗️ in opium production in #Afghanistan will drive drug abuse, increased dependency on illicit economy and rising levels of corruption. pic.twitter.com/ULUPVE18hq — UNODC (@UNODC) November 15, 2017 Opium production is one of the main staples of finance for Taliban operations in Afghanistan. The report is bad news for the Afghan government where it continues to struggle against a resurgent Taliban force. Accordin...

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