Synthetic Drugs on the Rise in Afghanistan

Seizures of methamphetamine have increased in Afghanistan, according to a new report from the United Nations drug and crime agency. It also suggests that the drug is being produced inside the country.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has concluded that “there are strong indications that methamphetamine use is establishing itself among opiate users, which are already one of the most vulnerable parts of Afghan society.”

This new evidence suggests synthetic drugs are of growing concern in Afghanistan and that the problem ought to be taken seriously both on a national scale and by the country’s international partners.

Current drug laws are relatively lenient for methamphetamine in comparison to drugs such as cocaine or heroin.

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