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.
From the farmers barely earning a living from cultivating the poppies, via the entire communities forced from their homes by warring gunmen, to the growing number of addicts in the US — there are few winners along the route of Mexican heroin.
Just as globalization has changed the way the world does business, it's also changed the way the world manufactures, transports, and obtains illegal drugs. As a result, more people are getting high today than ever before.
Mexico was one of three nations that asked the UN to call a special session to discuss drug policy at a time when many believe criminalization is fueling the country's brutal drug wars.
A new UN report says opium poppy production in parts of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand has tripled since 2006, and addiction to heroin and other drugs is also on the rise.