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05-Oct-2006 00:01:11
The United Nations top narcotics fighter warns the world?s health authorities to prepare for a significant increase in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses following a dramatic surge in opium production in Afghanistan this year. IRIN / UNODC
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STORY: UN / OPIUM
TRT: 1:11
SOURCE: IRIN / UNODC
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: FILE
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FILE: IRIN - SEPTEMBER 2004, AFGHANISTAN

1. Various shots, poppy fields
2. Various shots, harvesting poppy plants
3. Various shots, man with lump of opium
4. Various shots, men smoking heroin
5. Various shots, soldiers padding down man at border control station
6. Various shots, officials opening packets of drugs at drug warehouse

FILE: UNODC - DATE UNKNOWN, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

7. Various shots, man preparing and smoking heroin
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The United Nations top narcotics fighter warns t he world's health authorities to prepare for a significant increase in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses following a dramatic surge in opium production in Afghanistan this year.

Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Antonio Maria Costa today warned that the southern part of Afghanistan, with its large-scale drug operations, terrorism, crime and corruption, was verging on collapse. He called on the Afghan Government to take greater action against corruption and to arrest major drug traffickers and wealthy opium-farming landlords and seize their assets.

UNODC's 2006 Afghan Opium Survey, published last month, showed that illicit opium production in Afghanistan was a record 6,100 tons this year, an increase of 49 per cent over 2005. Afghanistan accounts for 92 per cent of total world supply of opium, the raw material for making heroin.

According to the report, governors and police officials presiding over opium-growing provinces should be removed and charged while drug-free areas should be rewarded with more substantial and more visible development aid.

As another solution to the problem, western governments should also curb drug abuse in their countries as heroin habits in the West put huge sums of money into the pockets of criminals and insurgents who destabilize Afghanistan.

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