Finding a solution to the thriving heroin production in Afghanistan has been on the back burner ever since the Americans occupied the country. The new Afghan president who will be elected next weekend will have to battle record opium harvests.
Since the US came down on the Taliban and occupied Afghanistan in 2001, heroin production in the country has surged almost 40-fold since 2013. One year ago the estimated number of heroin addicts dying due to Afghan heroin in the preceding decade surpassed well over one million deaths worldwide.
Last year, Afghanistan harvested a record quantity of opium. The annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board maintains that Afghan poppy fields now occupy a record 209,000 hectares, a 36 percent increase from 2013.
Today more than half of the provinces in Afghanistan are growing opium poppies. Reports say Afghanistan is responsible for production of around 80 percent of the world’s opium and heroin….
US soldiers from 4th platoon Alpha company 5/2 ID Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) 1-17 infantry batallion patrol near a poppy field in Shahwali Kot district Kandahar on May 11, 2010. (AFP Photo / Tauseef Mustafa)
“on the back burner” … RT is being a bit diplomatic here. This is part and parcel of the whole enterprise. It accomplishes a number of important bankster objectives as a form of domestic social control, malthusian eugenics, destabilization of russia, supporting the dollar and making a mint off the money laundering and private prisons.