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article imageAfghan opium output hits record high

By Iamseven     Mar 1, 2007 in World
According to the US State Department, Opium production in Afghanistan reached record highs in 2006.
Along with the report came a warning that there may be possible increases in cases of heroin overdoses in Europe and the Middle East as a result of increased opium export from Afghanistan.
In 2006, production of poppies rose an astounding 25%. As it is, Afghanistan accounts for 90% of the world's opium trade.
Recently the United States gaven the Afghani government more than $10 billion in aid, but this is unlikely to curb the rise in poppy production as most of that money will be spent on security, not on boosting the job market.
There is a special interest to stopping the production of poppies in Afghanistan, as this is antithetical to the Western powers' mission in Afghanistan, and it aids the Taliban financially. Until the Afghani economy improves, however, we should only expect to see higher levels of poppy production in the ravaged nation.
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