Latest Opium Stories

2006-03-01 16:00:00

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON -- Increased political clout of coca growers in Bolivia and Peru has farmers growing more coca in a trend that is causing concern in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a report on Wednesday. The influence of coca growing associations, known as cocaleros, was greatest in Bolivia, where coca association founder and farmer Evo Morales won the presidency in December. "We are concerned about the inability thus far of Bolivia's new president to articulate...

2006-02-16 12:28:12

By Guy Faulconbridge MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's illegal drugs trade has topped $15 billion a year as criminal groups flood the country with heroin from Afghanistan, a senior official from the national drugs control agency said on Thursday. Drug use has soared since the fall of the Soviet Union, with Russians becoming major consumers of illegal drugs trafficked by well-organized gangs, including synthetic drugs from Europe as well as heroin from Afghanistan. "In Russia the narcotics...

2006-01-29 23:46:37

By Ed Cropley DOI TAILANG, Myanmar (Reuters) - The heroin trade is burgeoning in Myanmar's Golden Triangle, a reality hidden from the international community by the lies and cunning of the former Burma's military junta, a top rebel leader said. In an interview with Reuters in his jungle hideout on the Thai-Myanmar border, Shan State Army (SSA) supremo Colonel Yod Suk rejected U.N. studies suggesting opium poppy cultivation in the world's second largest heroin producer was falling....

2005-12-21 08:10:00

By Tim Gaynor PINO GORDO, Mexico -- Mexican Indians have grown maize, worshiped nature and lived by the light of pine torches in the canyons of the western Sierra Madre mountains for centuries. But this way of life is abruptly changing. Now armed drug gangs are forcing them to plant opium poppies and marijuana in their ancestral lands, which lie in a notorious region dubbed Mexico's 'Golden Triangle' of drug trafficking. The rugged point where the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa meet...

2005-09-12 02:44:32

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Traffickers have been shifting to the manufacture of amphetamine-type drugs in Asia as cultivation and production of heroin drops sharply, a senior United Nations official said on Monday. Akira Fujino, head of the Bangkok-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, said there had been an alarming increase in abuse of "shabu" and ecstasy in Southeast Asia over the last few years, as shown by a rise in the number of narcotics laboratories found. "There's...

2005-08-29 08:34:18

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan opium cultivation has fallen by 21 percent this year largely because of efforts by the government to persuade farmers to stop, including a threat to destroy fields, and low prices, a U.N. narcotics official said. But while the area under cultivation has shown a sharp drop, good weather boosted productivity of fields still planted with opium and total output of about 4,100 tons is down only 2.4 percent over last year, the U.N. Office on Drugs...

2005-06-29 16:05:04

By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Annual worldwide illegal drug salesare greater than the gross domestic product of 88 percent ofthe countries in the world, the U.N. said on Wednesday. "This is not a small enemy against which we struggle. It isa monster," Antonio Maria Costa, head of the United NationsOffice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in an annual report. Costa offered one tale of success. The south-east Asian"Golden Triangle," once a major center of illicit poppycultivation,...

2005-06-29 09:26:51

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The number of people around the worldtaking drugs such as cocaine, heroin and cannabis rose lastyear by about 15 million to 200 million, the United Nationsannual drugs report said on Wednesday. The value of the global drugs trade, which it estimated at$320 billion, is higher than the gross domestic product (GDP)of 90 percent of the world's nations, it added. "This is not a small enemy against which we struggle. It isa monster," Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N....

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.