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opium and drug problem in afghanistan!!!please give me some info and tell me what you...

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sfstudent | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM via web

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opium and drug problem in afghanistan!!!

please give me some info and tell me what you think

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM (Answer #2)

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Well, the main problem is that since the fall of the Taliban government, Afghanistan has become the supplier of 40% of the world's heroin.  What's more, the Taliban, which once executed drug users and traffickers, now  believes that trafficking in opium is acceptable to Islam as long as it is only sold to infidels. Twisted logic and very convenient, but then the money that is brought into the country by the drug trade is then used to purchase weapons to fight against the NATO coalition, making our job there more difficult.

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM (Answer #3)

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Afghanistan has been one of the world's leading producers of illegal opium.  This is due partly, to the collapse of Afghanistan's economy.  The collapse drew in farmers who needed to make a profit. With 80% of Afghanistan workers in the agricultural industry the impact was great. Historically, the Taliban restricted the production and sale of opium.  Since they were toppled in 2001, there has been a resurgence of opium production. Governmental agencies have been trying to get a handle on the drug problembut have been unable to due to corruption at all levels. Not only are police involved in the production and sale of opium but the corruption is being felt in their Parliament as well. 


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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 29, 2011 at 1:07 PM (Answer #4)

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Afganistan is the center of the world's drug problem. Since the fifties, it has grown a large portion of the world's poppy plants, used by cartels to create crack and cocaine. It funds a lot of terrorist activity throughout the world, but especially in the United States.

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