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A dramatic development in the Afghan drugs industry – the proliferation of low cost methamphetamine

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LSE blog, 28 May 2019

David Mansfield and Alexander Soderholm point out a new development in the Afghan drugs industry – the proliferation of low cost methamphetamine, and argue that this is obscured by the new and – in contrast – highly publicised  US airstrikes against drugs labs in South-western Afghanistan, “claiming that they caused the Taliban losses of over $1 million per day” the effects of which the authors find “exaggerated.” They write that “the methamphetamine industry in Afghanistan” is “fuelled by a ready supply of a home grown ephedra crop,” a shrub that is sometimes called sea grape (from the French raisin de mer), a common name for the flowering plant Coccoloba uvifera, according to Wikipedia.