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This simple illustration explains the sweeping reach of the heroin trade

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Vice News has produced a fascinating infographic detailing the global heroin trade, spanning poppy cultivation hubs in Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Mexico, and nations without poppy cultivation but with a significant heroin demand.

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Heroin entering the US is shipped largely through South America. Meanwhile, heroin that originates in Afghanistan is trafficked to Central Asia, Western Europe and Russia via well established routes.

The “Balkan Route” takes traffickers through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Serbia. Afghan heroin makes its way into Russia through Central Asia, as well as across the ocean into parts of Africa. Interestingly, despite the proximity of the US and Canada, the vast majority of heroin in Canada is from Afghanistan while the vast majority of US heroin is smuggled through Mexico.

China’s heroin predominantly comes from southeast Asia, making up the traditional Golden Triangle of heroin traffic. Vice has published equally informative infographics depicting global cocaine and methamphetamine traffic. Check them out here.

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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