What You Doing With My Opium, Willis?!

A crop of 7,700 tonnes will produce around 1,100 tonnes of heroin – it basically works on a 7:1 ratio.The mystery is that the global demand for heroin is less than half that. In other words, Afghanistan only needs to produce 3,500 tonnes to satisfy every known heroin user on the planet.

Opium Production

Look at the graph, though.

For the past three years, production has been running at almost twice the level of global demand.The numbers just don’t add up.

There are two credible theories.

via BBC NEWS | The Reporters | Mark Easton’s UK.

Go peep the article for the thoeries.  I’m for the stockpiling one.  When times are good, go like gangbusters(bangers) and extract what you can.  But you don’t want to flood the market with product, as that would hurt prices.  OPEC knows this, so I would expect their neighbors in Afghanistan propably peep it as well.

BTW, Afghanistan is, strangely, the place where the War on Terror and the War on Drugs have become the exact same thing….but only as far as Heroin in concerned.  If we were to focus that Terror war back to Afghanistan (vs. Iraq) and that drug war to Afghanistan (vs. here in the U.S) and then we might be able to actually win them both.

And we would know that we have done so by looking that that graph above, and how it changes in the future.

“No Horse, No Revolution.”