According to a news story this week, heroin production in Afghanistan has increased 61% in the last decade. They’re pretty upset about this in England where more than 90% of the heroin on the street comes from Afghanistan. They’ve also pretty much given up on drug rehab in England – they’re now considering making heroin legally available to heroin addicts just to reduce the level of crime and the burden on the health care system.
The increase in Afghanistan’s heroin production is also causing a bit of a political mess: the Prime Minister says that one of the major reasons England agreed to join in on the war in Afghanistan was to get the Afghanistan opium coming into England under control – i.e., put a stop to it.
Without getting political about this, I have to say that war certainly isn’t going to put Afghanistan in a position to develop a gross national product other than the deadly poppy seed used to make heroin.
In a country whose infrastructure is destroyed, where non-military deaths happen every minute of the day – losing parents, spouses and children, where there is virtually no opportunity left to do something productive, the people are going to fall back on whatever they know and can do.
It’s the same in Russia and many of the countries that used to be the USSR, and in other countries around the world: Lack of commerce leaves many people starving, so they take advantage of the fact that some things are hard to get and, instead, make those things available through the black market.
These types of situations are high among the reasons people turn to alcohol and drugs in the first place.
Would we still have alcoholics and drug addicts, would we still need alcohol and drug rehab programs treatment in a world of peace, health and safety, a world where everyone has the opportunity to produce something of value, something they can be proud of and for which they receive adequate exchange?
Probably. But I would bet it would be far less of a problem.
If you’re interesting in ensuring your kids don’t grow up with alcohol or drug addiction problems, try to help them create an environment of peace, health, safety and productivity. It will go a long way to making them happy with themselves and their lives.
And if there is one common denominator among people who drink too much and take drugs, it is that they are unhappy and do not feel good about themselves.alcohol addiction, alcohol rehab, cause of addiction, drug rehab, drug rehab program, heroin addiction, heroin from Afghanistan