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Il est impossible de séparer le développement de la production  de celui de la consommation de la drogue  en Afghanistan, économie qui non seulement permet d’alimenter les réseaux terroristes, mais d’influer aussi durablement sur les capacités des citoyens à sortir de l’obscurantisme religieux.  Là encore, il semble que les européens n’aient pas pris toute la mesure du problème, qui dépasse de loin le seul problème de la région.

Ce sont les conclusions de l’UNODC, l’office sur la drogue et le crime des Nations Unies, qui parle aujourd’hui d’un Tsunami silencieux.  Voir article plus bas.

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Afghanistan : Drug adiction – a growing burden

KABUL, 21 April 2010 (IRIN) – Afghanistan’s production of opiates and hashish is increasingly hurting its own people as well as damaging the health of millions across the world, officials and experts warn.the past five years the number of drug users has increased from 920,000 to over 1.5 million, the spokesman of the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics (MCN), Zalmai Afzali, told IRIN.

No other country in the world produces as much heroin, opium and hashish as Afghanistan, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The steady rise in the number of domestic drug users belies the argument by some Afghans that drug consumption is a non-Afghan problem and that the drugs trade brings money to the country.

“There is the Coca-Cola effect between production of drugs and consumption and addiction; supply inevitably does create demand,” said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, UNODC’s country representative.

“The distinction between producing and consuming countries has blurred. Traditionally, consuming countries have become producers of synthetic drugs. In turn, producing countries have become consumers. What remains is a shared international responsibility. No country should be left alone,” he said.

“There is a risk Afghanistan could become the world’s top drug-using nation – albeit proportionate to its population – if the current addiction trend continues and we fail to stop it,” said MCN’s Afzali.

Addiction, not production, is Afghanistan’s biggest problem, experts say.

“Silent tsunami”

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