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Latest available figures in 2010 found that 1.5 million people were working in the opium industry in Afghanistan, down from the estimated 3 million in 2007.

Source: Sally Neighbor, “Taliban’s Heroin Inc,” Australian, May 21, 2010.

Illegal opium sales in India leads to 2,000 kilograms in seizures every year, according to the US State Department.

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Source: US State Department, “2010 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,Country Report: India” March 1, 2010.

Based upon intelligence and estimates by criminal justice programs in the United States, the following is the amount of illegal drugs sold to customers in the US each year.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, almost all of these drugs are smuggled into the country.

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Source: Associated Press, “U.S. drug war has met none of its goals,” MSNBC, May 13, 2010.


In 2009, Khandahar province grew 16 percent of all opium poppy in Afghanistan, second to Helmand province.

Source: Associated Press, “Attacks signal end of poppy harvest in Afghanistan,” Yahoo News, May 7, 2010.

In April 2010, the illegal drug trade in Afghanistan was providing up to 60 percent of the Taliban’s funding, according to security officials.

Source:  Jim Sciutto and Carmen Perez, “DEA Cracks Down on Taliban Heroin Trade,” ABC News, May 2, 2010.

The United States and Canada consume 6 percent of the Afghanistan’s heroin and opium, according to the United Nations.

Source:  Ethan Baron, “Taliban revenue season in bloom,” Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2010.

Drug addicts in Canada consume between one to two tons of heroin each year, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Source:  Ethan Baron, “Taliban revenue season in bloom,” Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2010.

In 2007, US authorities seized a total of 1 kilogram of cocaine and heroin on the US-Canada border.

In 2009, the amount of illegal drugs seized by US security personnel increased to 18 kilograms of cocaine and 28 kilograms of heroin.

In addition to heroin and cocaine, marijuana seizures increased. In 2007, 2,792 kilograms of marijuana was seized on the northern border. In 2009, 3,423 kilograms was seized.

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Source:  Associated Press, “NY’s Schumer wants northern border drug plan; Ecstasy, marijuana, heroin increasingly found,” Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2010.

According to the BBC, there are around 800,000 heroin addicts in the United States, between 200,000 to 300,000 heroin addicts in the United Kingdom, and up to 2.5 million addicts in Russia.

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Source: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, “The heroin epidemic advancing on Russia,” BBC News, April 3, 2010.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, opium seizures in Afghanistan increased by 924 percent between 2008 and 2009.

In 2008, outside experts claimed that only 2 percent of the total opium production of Afghanistan was seized before traveling to Central Europe and Asia.

Source:  Associated Press, “DEA says Afghan opium seizures soar in 2009,” Google News, April 1, 2010.