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Influx of cheap heroin from Afghanistan threatens Kyrgyzstan

«Kyrgyzstan is endangered by the influx of cheap heroin from Afghanistan,» the Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Zhenish Razakov said at an on-site meeting of the coordination committee for control of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Osh city.

According to him, it is time to understand the situation with illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in the southern region of the country.

«Being in close proximity to the largest producer of illegal opiates in the world — Afghanistan, where a record harvest of opium poppy was grown last year, Kyrgyzstan is at risk of an influx of cheap heroin. This can provoke not only the worsening of the situation with the turnover of narcotic drugs, but also the criminal situation as a whole,» Zhenish Razakov stressed.

The Vice Prime Minister also noted that recently there was a problem of the so-called new psychoactive substances. Formally they are not drugs, but at the same time reproduce their psychoactive effect.

We are forced to take decisions in a short time to include them in the lists of controlled substances. However, new kinds of them appear on the market. Therefore, this work needs to be organized in a more effective manner.

Zhenish Razakov

At the same time, a new alternative north-south road is being built along the territory of Naryn and Issyk-Kul regions with low population density in some places and minimal law enforcement infrastructure. This section of the route can be used by criminals for a new offshoot of the so-called northern traffic route of Afghan drugs.

Zhenish Razakov stressed that it was necessary to take appropriate measures to prevent such a situation.