Friday, June 22, 2018

Global opium and cocaine production at record highs

Global production of cocaine and opium has hit record levels, the UN said. The production of opium rose by 65% from 2016 to 2017 to 10,500 tons. Afghanistan's output of 9,000 tons is a rise of 87%.

Global cocaine production in 2016 also "reached the highest level ever reported", about 1,410 tons or a 25% rise over 2015.
Colombia accounted for the bulk of production with output increasing by 34% to 866 tons.