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WASHINGTON - More than three years after installing a pro-U.S. government, Afghanistan (news - web sites) has been unable to contain opium poppy production and is on the verge of becoming a narcotics state, a presidential report said Friday.
The report said the area in Afghanistan devoted to poppy cultivation last year set a record of more than 510,000 acres, more than triple the figure for 2003. Opium poppy is the raw material for heroin.
The Afghan narcotics situation "represents an enormous threat to world stability," the report said.
It listed opium production at 5,445 tons, 17 times more than second-place Myanmar.
Report: Afghan Opium Production Surges
Originally posted by sardion2000
Uhh spray Chemicals in an area already ecologically devastated, somehow I do not think thats a good idea. How bout increasing the troop presance and harvest them yourselves and use it for medical purposes. There's an idea...