Sunday, December 10, 2006

On the heroin highway from Afghanistan: Tajikistan

You can buy heroin anywhere anytime in Tajikistan, the former Soviet republic that borders Afghanistan.

Tajikistan is a major export corridor for the record opium crop from Afghanistan. Drug trafficking is one of the few reliable sources of income in this poverty-stricken nation.

A larger proportion of Tajik addicts are young and female. AIDS cases are on the rise. There are only two treatment clinics in the country; both are small and operate with little funding. More on this bleak situation in this AP story.

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