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Bulgaria Intercepts Under 2 % of Opiate Trade

Date: 25.10.2009

UN Drugs Report

The United Nations Drug Control Program (UNODC) has stated that Bulgaria intercepts less than 2 % of the opiates crossing its territory. In a new report, ‘Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium, the UNODC shows the devastating consequences that the 900 tons of opium and 375 tons of heroin that are trafficked from Afghanistan every year have on the health and security of countries along the Balkan and Eurasian drug routes, of countries in Europe, of China, India and the Russian Federation.

The report states that European Union member States like Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, intercept less than 2 % of their opiate trade.

The report concludes by saying “how the world's deadliest drug, 92 % of which is grown in Afghanistan, has created a market worth USD 65 B, catering to 15 million addicts, causing up to 100 000 deaths per year, spreading HIV at an unprecedented rate and, not least, funding criminal groups, insurgents and terrorists.”

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