According to the United Nations, Afghan opium production increased 60 percent this year.
The record crop yielded 6,100 tons of opium, or enough to make 610 tons of heroin -- outstripping the demand of the world's heroin users by a third, according to U.N. figures... The trade already accounts for at least 35 percent of Afghanistan's economy, financing warlords and insurgents.Great! At a time when everyone is concerned about the scarcity and rising cost of resources like oil and natural gas, it's nice to hear we have a surplus of heroin. Lastly, here's a "duh" quote from Afghan President Hamid Karzai: "Our efforts to fight narcotics have proved inadequate."