There are around 2.5 million people in Russia who are addicted to illegal drugs, according to the Russian Government. 90 percent of the drug addicts are abusing heroin.
In 2011, between 210 tons to 240 tons of Afghan heroin was smuggled though Pakistan on its way to the global drug market. The amount of heroin that was moved through Pakistan represented 35 to 40 percent of the total heroin produced in Afghanistan in 2011.
According to a report in 2012, poppy cultivation in Mexico for the heroin trade takes up 19,500 hectares of land. 17,500 hectares of land is devoted to growing cannabis.
In 2011, there were an estimated 9.6 million drug abusers in Pakistan. 1.5 million people in the country abused opium, while 750,000 people were addicted to heroin. 200,000 injected themselves with drugs.
An estimated 50 metric tons of heroin will be produced in Mexico in 2012, according to the United States National Drug Intelligence Center. Back in 2002, drug traffickers produced 7 metric tons of heroin in Mexico.
The population in the Kunduz province in Afghanistan is 800,000. According to the province’s drug treatment center, there are up to 30,000 people who are addicted to drugs in the province. 40 percent of the addicts are women and children.
An estimated 375 tons of heroin is produced and trafficked out of Afghanistan each year. Counter-narcotics officials in the country are able to stop around 3.5 percent of heroin from leaving the country, or about 12 tons.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that heroin traffickers in Central Asia made a profit of up to $1.4 Billion from the drug. The majority of the drug traffickers were based in Tajikistan, where they are able to handle the supply of the heroin from Afghanistan.70 to 75 percent of the illicit drug is smuggled by road, which leaves many in the surrounding area addicted to heroin.
An official with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime stationed in Myanmar stated that a farmer in the country can earn up to $6 a day from growing opium. In comparison, a farmer growing rice in Myanmar makes about $1.20 a day.
Between 2010 and 2011, reports by the United States Army show that 8 solders died from heroin overdose while serving in Afghanistan. Across the entire Army, the number of solders who have tested positive for heroin has increased ten-fold since 2002. In Fiscal Year 2002, there were 10 reported cases of solders testing positive for heroin. In FY 2010, there were 116 positive results of heroin.