Afghan Opium Production Grows as Addiction Rises

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Afghanistan produced their highest level of opium ever this year, according to a report from the United Nations.

Afghanistan is the world's largest opium producer. They grow 90 percent of the world's crop, despite nearly $7 billion spent by the United States to stop the production.
     
Jean Luc Lemahieu, the United Nation Office on Drug and Crime Regional representative for Afghanistan, said the addiction rates are still going up. 

"Despite this tangible progress within the world of counter narcotics, the addiction rates are still going up far beyond one million," Lemahieu said. "And for the third consecutive year in a row we have witnessed an increase in the opium cultivation."

The poppies used to make heroin bring in up to $200 per kilogram for farmers, compared to just 41 cents per kilogram for wheat.

The high profit makes it difficult for the government to get rid of the crop.

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