All About Heroin

HEROIN / 6 OCT 2014

President Enrique Peña Nieto has yet to release updated numbers on the estimated land used to grow opium poppy in Mexico, data which would be of great interest to US authorities…

HEROIN / 24 APR 2014

Heroin consumption has risen dramatically in Mexico, mirroring trends in US demand for a drug that is increasingly locally produced and whose production and movement is often overseen by Mexican…

DRUG POLICY / 8 APR 2014

An increase in demand for opiates in the United States and dwindling revenue in the marijuana trade has seen Mexican cartels become increasingly involved in poppy cultivation and heroin production,…

HEROIN / 19 MAR 2014

Honduran authorities have reported the first ever discovery of an opium plantation in the country, a new milestone marking the country's ever-growing role in the international drug trade.

COCA / 5 MAR 2014

United Nations figures indicate coca cultivation and cocaine production in Latin America has dropped, but questions remain over the numbers, while signs drug cartels are increasingly diversifying into other products…

HEROIN / 10 FEB 2014

Following the apparent heroin overdose of a famous actor, US officials say decreased cooperation from authorities in Mexico has allowed the heroin market to expand, a dubious claim related to…

GUATEMALA / 3 FEB 2014

Authorities in Guatemala have eradicated 65 hectares of poppy despite fierce resistance from farmers, as the country struggles to tackle record amounts of opium poppy cultivation along the border with…

COLOMBIA / 3 DEC 2013

The US government estimates that heroin production has sharply declined in Colombia over the past decade, yet the United Nations claims the country remains the primary supplier of the drug…

DRUG POLICY / 27 NOV 2013

The US Drug Enforcement Administration's annual report charts evolving market forces in the supply and demand of narcotics, with cocaine imports to the United States falling even as Mexican cartels…

ECUADOR / 1 NOV 2013

In August, authorities in Ecuador eradicated the largest poppy crop of the year, representing nearly a third of the total number of plants found in 2012 and bolstering the notion…

ECUADOR / 15 JUL 2013

Authorities have destroyed 188,000 poppy plants in rural Ecuador, providing another indication that heroin's primary material is increasingly being cultivated in the Andean nation.

HEROIN / 3 APR 2013

The area of poppy crops eradicated in Mexico last year exceeded that of marijuana by 40 percent, according to official figures, indicating shifts in drug production and trafficking patterns.

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