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VOA - UN Reports Decline in Heroin, Cocaine Production


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June 25, 2009

VOA - UN Reports Decline in Heroin, Cocaine Production

VOA - UN Reports Decline in Heroin, Cocaine Production

By Robert Raffaele.  The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime says global production of heroin and cocaine has decreased during the past year.  But it says production and use of synthetic drugs appears to be rising in developing nations.  The annual report calls for better treatment for addicts and increased cooperation to combat illegal drug trafficking.  The report cites a downward trend in the worldwide cultivation of heroin and cocaine.  Opium cultivation in Afghanistan - the source of 93 percent of the world's opium -  was down 19 percent last year.

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