Kabul, Afghanistan. As the United States and NATO prepare to invade Afghanistan yet again, it is worth taking a hard look at why America can not leave Afghanistan. Its opioid addiction is out of control and the US government is the reason why.

Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the US occupation started in 2001. Indeed, a brand new report from the United Nations finds that opium production is at an all-time high.

 

 

According to the report, cultivation of poppy across the war-torn nation rose 36 per cent in 2016 and total opium production amounted to 6,500 tons, up by almost a half since 2015.