Monday, May 30, 2011

Afghan's Heroin Economy is speading HIV / AIDS. It is a public health issue no different than any other nation in the world.

Why are we still in Afghanistan, to fight their drug lords and wars?  I don't think so.

Iran has no problem with sentencing their drug traffikers to to death.  They, however, don't seem to bother with their most dangerous component, the 'high level' drug lords that promote the problem.  Iran is afraid of their own people when they are serving an illegal economy.

Global use of heroin has to stop and stop spreading HIV!!!!

Three hundred drug traffickers (click here) are on death row in Iran, the judiciary said, reflecting Tehran's hard line on narcotics which has added to international concerns over its extensive use of capital punishment, Reuters reported.

"For 300 drug-related convicts, including those who were in possession of at least 30 grams of heroin, execution verdicts have been issued," Sharq daily quoted Tehran prosecutor-general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying on Monday.

Although the list was long it did not contain any big-time traffickers or ringleaders, he said. All the convicts face death by hanging.

Amnesty International says Iran is second only to China for the number of executions, with at least 252 people put to death last year.

As well as drug trafficking, murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery and apostasy are all punishable by death under Sharia law practised since the 1979 Islamic revolution....

Drug addition spurs demand, shortages of heroin from Afghanistan causes increased costs and in turn twarts the USA efforts to stop the heroin growers to change their crop choice.  It is a vicious cycle no one will stop until it is a global effort.  This initiative has to be an intricate part of "World AIDS Day" (click here) as well as awareness and testing days.  Addition is not a life, it is a surrender.

Afghanistan | 30.05.2011

Growing Afghan intravenous heroin use spurs HIV epidemic (click title to entry - thank you)

Afghanistan's poppy fields are the source of more than 90 percent of the world's opium. The global trade is worth an estimated $65 billion annually, and is a tricky component of the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

But now the human toll of addiction is becoming visible in the form of an HIV epidemic in war-torn Afghanistan. At only a few dollars per gram on the country's streets, opiates like heroin, provide cheap relief from poverty and distress for a growing number of Afghans.

Between 2005 and 2009, the number of opiate drug users in Afghanistan grew by 53 percent to 230,000, according to UN figures. Of those, some 6 percent are injecting heroin.
Naqi Bullah, a 24-year-old Afghan, has found himself living amid the trash and discarded needles after having become a heroin addict....

Bring the troops home !