AFGHANISTAN DRUG REPORT 2013: PRESS RELEASE

Kabul, 17 December 2014: " Successes and significant challenges in countering narcotics"

The Ministry of Counter Narcotics is pleased to announce the publication of the Afghanistan Drug Report 2013. The report explores the impact of the illicit drug economy in Afghanistan and highlights conflicting trends of record levels of cultivation, increased arrests and convictions for trafficking and substantial reductions in levels of seizures.  It highlights strengths and weaknesses of ongoing counter-narcotics efforts and outlines policy recommendations to refocus counter narcotics interventions. UNODC provided technical support for the publication.

Key finding of the Report include the following

The net export value of opiates was $2.9 billion which, combined with the value of the domestic market ($0.12 billion), is equivalent to 15 per cent of GDP. Although the average price of opium fell, the price remains relatively high at over $160/kg (compared to low levels of $75/kg in 2009). Thus, illicit crops remain a valuable commodity.

With an estimated 1.3 - 1.6 million illicit drug users and a prevalence rate of 5.3% (in urban areas) across the country, the current treatment capacity of just under 30,000 beds is sufficient for less than 10% of the opium and heroin users in the country. Recent increases in investment in treatment provision are welcome developments, but must be scaled up and sustained.

More importantly, the report includes the first ever situation analysis of counter narcotics prisoners, and provides data on their socioeconomic background and reasons for involvement in narcotics.  It also includes a technical study of the CARD-F Alternative Livelihood Programme which found that the 82% of beneficiaries were satisfied with the programme and 75% employed more people as a direct result of their participation. 

The Afghanistan Drug Report makes use of the MCN Afghanistan Drug Reporting System, a central repository of narcotics-related data collected within the country.  The data collected in this System will the basis for evidence-based counter-narcotics policymaking in Afghanistan.

The research, analysis and policy recommendations of MCN provided in the Afghanistan Drug Report will strengthen the capacity of the country to meet challenges related to illicit drug use and trafficking. Those challenges include conflict and insecurity along with political, economic and social harms and call for continued and increased counter-narcotics efforts.

During this period of transition in Afghanistan, the report presents the opportunity to evaluate progress to date, realign priority actions and refocus efforts to ensure that counter-narcotics objectives remain a key element of national development planning and regional and international discourse and cooperation.

The full report can be downloaded in English at www.mcn.gov.af

For further information please contact: Mr. Zabiullah Daem, zabiullahkh@hotmail.com, + (93) 0700028280