UNODC’s research brief on Afghanistan’s drug situation launched at 15th policy meeting of the Paris Pact

Source: Paris Pact

Geographical area: Global

Date: 16 November 2021

UNODC’s research brief on “The drug situation in Afghanistan 2021 – latest findings and emerging threats” was launched at the 15th Policy Consultative Group Meeting of the Paris Pact Initiative, held in Vienna from 15 to 16 November 2021. According to the Brief, Afghanistan accounted for 85 per cent of global opium production in 2020, and that the opium harvest in Afghanistan increased by eight per cent in 2021 compared to last year, to 6,800 tons, which could lead to markets around the globe being flooded with around 320 tons of pure heroin trafficked from the country. According to UNODC research findings, income from Afghan opiates amounted to US$ 1.8 to 2.7 billion in 2021 inside Afghanistan, but much larger profits are made in the illicit drug supply chains outside the country. 


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