Afghan drug production grew 50-fold since US invasion


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The amount of land being used in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit a record number of 224,000 hectares last year.

"The drug production in Afghanistan is the major problem for Eurasia and Central Asia, with its level increasing 50 times since the launch on October 7, 2001 of US operation Enduring Freedom and continues to rise," Victor Ivanov said.

According to Ivanov, leading world experts agree that the drug production in the country will continue to grow unless the international community takes active steps.

Afghanistan produces some 90 percent of the world's illicit opiates. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that in 2014 the drug production levels climbed 17 percent compared to the previous year.