As fears grow Afghanistan’s opium trade is the only barrier to a global opioid death epidemic, experts tell VICE News “there are no good options.”
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A year on from the Taliban’s takeover, VICE World News looks at what impact the regime has had on global drug supply.
VICE World News discovered a still-flourishing poppy trade in the fields and markets of southern Afghanistan. But amid warnings from Taliban fighters, farmers are worried about their future.
Experts say Afghan drug smugglers have been using this technique for years.
“They will want a very good deal to end the production,” a former special forces soldier turned anti-narcotics consultant told VICE World News. “But let’s face it, they’re great negotiators.”
The Taliban banned production of the poppy in 2000. After twenty years of war, Afghanistan is now responsible for 82% of the world’s opium supply.
2020 saw 1,339 drug-related deaths, four and a half times higher than 20 years ago.
As India slowly opens up its borders, dealers are taking high risks to smuggle the most abused opioid in the country.
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