Drugs in Tajikistan: Addicted | The Economist

Posted: April 22, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Geography, International

unlike other transit countries such as Mexico, Tajikistan sees little drug-related violence. The heroin, instead, seems to help stabilise the place.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that some 30% of Afghan opiates—including 90 tonnes of heroin a year—pass through Central Asia on their way to Russia, most of them through Tajikistan. The trafficking route is the country’s most valuable resource, and its anaemic economy is hooked. Researchers believe the industry is equivalent to 30-50% of Tajikistan’s GDP. But officials from NATO, which is trying to extract itself from the region, say they have no intention of upsetting the status quo

via Drugs in Tajikistan: Addicted | The Economist.

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