Student Jobs harvesting opium in Afghanistan

in Substance Abuse

Students from the Pakistani province of Balochistan are able to enter Afghanistan during opium harvesting season and find jobs. According to local social workers, the students are able to earn around $15 to $20 a day harvesting opium.

In 2010, many of the students returned home to Pakistan after earning $1,500 to $2,000 for the entire season.

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Source: Qaiser Butt, “Illicit drug production: Balochistan madrassa students harvest poppy on holidays,” Express Tribune, August 5, 2011.

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