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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 addicted to heroin.

The country of Russia consumes 70 tons of heroin trafficked from Afghanistan each year. The amount of heroin used by Russians is over 1/5 of the world’s total heroin supply.

80 people in Russia die every day due to overdosing on heroin.

Source:  Associated Press, “Poll: Russians see drug abuse as a top problem,” Google News, July 12, 2012.

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, and was worth between $25 and $30 Billion.

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Around 25 percent of Afghan heroin was smuggled though Northern routes on its way to Russia.

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Source:  “‘Over 200 tonnes of heroin is smuggled via Pakistan a year’,” Dawn, July 5, 2012.

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.

50 percent of all marijuana smuggled into the United States passes through the border state of Arizona.

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Source:  Eduardo Porter, “Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War,” New York Times, July 3, 2012.


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.

10 percent of college students and 40 percent of the prison population abuses drugs in Pakistan, according to medical experts.

The domestic market in illegal drugs in Pakistan is estimated to be worth $1.5 Billion. Global drug trafficking through Pakistan is estimated to be worth $4.8 Billion.

Source: Muhammad Qasim, “Drug addiction increasing alarmingly,” News International, June 26, 2012.

An estimated 50 metric tons of heroin will be produced in Mexico in 2012, according to the United States National Drug Intelligence Center. The rise in production is related to the rise in heroin addiction in the United States.

Back in 2002, drug traffickers produced 7 metric tons of heroin in Mexico.

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Source:  Rheana Murry, “Heroin use among suburban teens skyrockets; Experts say prescription pills are the new gateway drug,” New York Daily News, June 20, 2012.

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.

Across Afghanistan, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime estimates that there were 1 million drug addicts in the country in 2010. The most commonly used drug is opium, followed by heroin.

5,800 tons of opium was produced in Afghanistan in 2011.

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Source: Bethany Matta, “Afghan women, children held in addiction’s grip,” USA Today, June 4, 2012.

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.

In May 2012, the price for a kilogram of opium was over $320, an increase of 50 percent from the month before.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the total value of the opium industry in Afghanistan was $2.4 Billion in 2011. The value of heroin globally is estimated to be worth $68 Billion.

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Source:  Alissa Rubin and Matthew Rosenberg, “U.S. Efforts Fail to Curtail Trade in Afghan Opium,” New York Times, May 26, 2012.

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.

The drug traffickers market up the price of the heroin by up to 600 percent when it arrives in its final destination of Russia.

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Source: David Trilling, “Central Asia Key to Afghanistan Heroin Smuggling – UNODC,” Eurasiannet, Inside the Cocoon, May 18, 2012.

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.

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Source: Flavia Krause-Jackson, “Myanmar’s Opium Growers Struggle to Get by With Potatoes,” Bloomberg, April 30, 2012.

Between 2010 and 2011, reports by the United States Army show that 8 soldiers died from heroin overdose while serving in Afghanistan.

Across the entire Army, the number of soldiers who have tested positive for heroin has increased ten-fold since 2002. In Fiscal Year 2002, there were 10 reported cases of soldiers testing positive for heroin. In FY 2010, there were 116 positive results of heroin.

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Source:  Michael Martinez, “Opiates killed 8 Americans in Afghanistan, Army records show,” CNN, April 23, 2012.