At current levels, world heroin consumption (340 tons) and seizures represent an annual flow of 430-450 tons of heroin into the global heroin market. Of that total, opium from Myanmar and the Lao People's Democratic Republic yields some 50 tons, while the rest, some 380 tons of heroin and morphine, is produced exclusively from Afghan opium. While approximately 5 tons are consumed and seized in Afghanistan, the remaining bulk of 375 tons is trafficked worldwide via routes flowing into and through the countries neighbouring Afghanistan. (Source - UNODC)
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* If Marijuana becomes legal it must be in pill form only, because smoking causes cancer and you cant sell raw or plant material at the pharmacy. Drug companies would be better off creating a synthetic or generic version. Also violence against children starts when the parents dont have drugs or they are out instead of when they have drugs. Legalizing addicting drugs will also break up marriages because their partner will be with anyone that has drugs
*Eradicate Not Incarcerate The Mexican and Colombian goverment have almost quit participating in eradication programs followed by Bolivia, Peru and Guatemala. They claim growers are only going higher in mountain regions and their not making progress. But this means they are on the run and they should not decrease eradications , they should increase. These coca growing countries actually get very little money for these programs compared to the cost of crimes related to drugs in the US. They are claiming that chemical eradication is ruining future agriculture farm land and that is okay because the US is willing to pay to have it hand eradicated. Agriculture officials are complaining of bad erosion problems because of the way they leave the proporty - All parties involved including small farm owners are complaining that they are no programs to help farmers plant and sell their produce or guaranteed buyers . Now they are claiming that because cannabis is becoming legal in the US and available in many states why should they eradicate. The only reason cannibis is becoming legal in the US is because the quality of cannibis coming out of Mexico and Columbia is so poor because they have long concentrated on coca and poppy that Americans want the high grade cannibis grown in the US and in green houses. Growing coca is the only means small farmers can keep their proporty and farms going they claim and are constantly pressuring their goverment to leave them alone or offer financial assistance especially in Bolivia and Peru where coca growing is legal in selected areas. Its costing Mexican and Columbians jobs not being able to hand eradicate cocoa plants and maybe replant to stop erosion. Mexico must come up with a better eradication program and instead of soldiers pulling up coca they should give job opportunities to ordinary citizens and the soldiers only purpose would be to secure the area for the safty of the eradicaters and maybe concider private contractors who might bid on each plot to be eradicated.They can make a above average wage. Eliminating eradication is causing a incredible crime wave in the US
* When the US goverment wants to get serious about getting narcotics out of reach to teenagers they will have to start enforcing the laws they already have. Multiple prescriptions are currently legal and some pharmacies dont check for multiple suscriptions and rely on the honor system - These prescription drugs should never have gotten in the hands of teenagers and there could be litigation against drug companies that supplied their teenagers drugs and had them incarcerated
* Pseudoephedrine is a poor substitute for ephedrine and was never meant to be abused. It can cause permanent mental health problems. Whether its from Mexico or America, dont use this type of meth or any other type of drug. China , India and Germany are the worlds largest manufacturer of (ATS) amphetamine type stimulants. 80% of all drug arrests in Japan are meth related.