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.
Black market opium sales in India leads to 2,000 kilograms in seizures every year, according to the US State Department.
Drug trafficking in the United states leads to 330 tons of cocaine, 20 tons of heroin and 110 tons of methamphetamine to be sold in the United States each year. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, almost all of these drugs are trafficked into the country.
In 2009, Khandahar province grew 16 percent of all opium poppy in Afghanistan, second to Helmand province.
In April 2010, the drug trafficking industry in Afghanistan was providing up to 60 percent of the Taliban’s funding.
The United States and Canada consume 6 percent of the Afghanistan’s heroin and opium, according to the United Nations.
Drug addicts in Canada consume between one to two tons of heroin each year, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In 2007, US authorities seized a total of 1 kilogram of cocaine and heroin on the US-Canada border. In 2009, 18 kilograms of cocaine and 28 kilograms of heroin was seized.
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.
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.