Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Big Picture - 2009 UN World Drug Report

The 2009 United Nations World Drug report, released earlier this year, notes that 2009 marks "the end of the first century of drug control (it all started in Shanghai in 1909)", and that the illicit drug market worldwide has now become a $320 billion-per-year industry. As drug-related violence in Mexico appears to continue unabated, and crackdowns in Afghanistan are being made against its massive opium crops, new efforts are also being made worldwide in methods of enforcement and treatment of recovering addicts. Collected here are a handful of recent images from the rough world of illegal drugs across the globe.

A man injects heroin into a vein in his arm at an abandoned house in Ljubljana August 3, 2009. (REUTERS/Bor Slana)

Women family members in the house of Islam Beg smoke opium together in the village of Sarab, Afghanistan on July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

A heroin addict holds a used syringe in his mouth after shooting up in an abandoned lot in San Juan, Friday, July 31, 2009. Some of the South American heroin trafficked through Puerto Rico en route to the United States is sold locally, which has led to an island-wide epidemic, according to health and law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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