Heroin addicts prepare to inject heroin along the main Peshawar - Islamabad road in full view of passers by.

Record opium crops in neighbouring Afghanistan have resulted in a cheap, affordable and plentiful supply of heroin and opium in Pakistan.

In the frontier town of Peshawar, a gram of heroin sells for 100 rupees, little more than a dollar. Most addicts smoke or Ôchase the dragonÕ, some inject but the inaccessibility of syringes dictate most addicts smoke the drug.

Opium can be found in its pure form, fresh from record harvests in Afghanistan. Most is processed into heroin in the many factories along the Afghan / Pakistan borer, but some is retained, especially in the tribal province, for Ôtraditional medicinalÕ purposes such as bile din tea for curing arthritis and flu symptoms.

Along the Peshawar Ð Islamabad road addicts prepare heroin for smoking and injecting in full view of passers by on one of the countries busiest roads.
 (image by Jason Tanner)
Heroin addicts prepare to inject heroin along the main Peshawar - Islamabad road in full view of passers by. Record opium crops in neighbouring Afghanistan have resulted in a cheap, affordable and plentiful supply of heroin and opium in Pakistan. In the frontier town of Peshawar, a gram of heroin sells for 100 rupees, little more than a dollar. Most addicts smoke or Ôchase the dragonÕ, some inject but the inaccessibility of syringes dictate most addicts smoke the drug. Opium can be found in its pure form, fresh from record harvests in Afghanistan. Most is processed into heroin in the many factories along the Afghan / Pakistan borer, but some is retained, especially in the tribal province, for Ôtraditional medicinalÕ purposes such as bile din tea for curing arthritis and flu symptoms. Along the Peshawar Ð Islamabad road addicts prepare heroin for smoking and injecting in full view of passers by on one of the countries busiest roads.
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