Reportage: Pakistan II: Heroin
Afghanistan produces 80% of the world's heroin. The illicit trade plagues efforts to rebuild the war-ravaged nation, but poppy cultivation is the only viable cash crop for many of Afghanistan's poor farmers. The drug is smuggled to wealthy countries in the West, leaving a trail of devastated lives along the way. Pakistan is the main staging area for the exportation of heroin from Afghanistan and the primary reason for the huge number of addicts in the country. A dollar will buy enough heroin to stay high for an entire day, but few resources are available to prevent narcotics trafficking or to treat the victims of Pakistan's enormous heroin addiction crisis.