October 29, 2014

Poppy production rising in Afghanistan

Despite the U.S. spending $7.6 billion to combat the trade, Afghanistan is growing more poppies and producing more opium than ever before, according to a New York Times article 

“By every conceivable metric, we’ve failed,” said John Sopko, the special inspector general in charge of assessing American programs in Afghanistan. “Production and cultivation are up, interdiction and eradication are down, financial support to the insurgency is up, and addiction and abuse are at unprecedented levels in Afghanistan.”

Afghanistan produces 95 percent of the world’s opium, and last year the amount of opium poppies grown rose 50 percent in just 12 months.

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