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The drug trade now flourishing in Afghanistan: Meth

12 mins | May 11, 2022
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How could the country be fuelling a global drug crisis? For decades, Afghanistan has been a global hub for the production of opium, supplying 80% of heroin used worldwide. But after the discovery of the native plant ephedra in 2016, which is a natural source of meth's key ingredient, meth labs are springing up across the country at breakneck speeds. Susannah George and Joby Warrick examine the country's flourishing drug trade and the US and NATO's efforts to eradicate opium production.
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