The invasion of Afghanistan lead to the invasion of Opiets in this country.
Before we invaded Afghanistan, Pills like oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), morphine and others were not such a huge problem in this country. Now a days it is an epidemic. Day in and day I see people abusing these drugs. It is thought that before we invaded Afghanistan that it only supplied about 10% of the worlds opium. Now it is thought they supply about 90% of the world opium.
Where do opioids come from?
Some opioids, such as morphine and codeine, occur naturally in opium, a gummy substance collected from the seed pod of the opium poppy, which grows in southern Asia. Semi-synthetic opioids, such as oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin), hydromorphone (e.g., Dilaudid) or hydrocodone (e.g., Tussionex) are made by changing the chemical structure of naturally occurring opioids. Synthetic opioids, such as methadone and meperidine (e.g., Demerol) are made from chemicals without using a naturally occurring opioid as a starting material. [link to www.camh.net]