An Afghan security officer walks past a pile of confiscated drugs being burned in ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 21 tons of opium, heroin, alcohol and hashish were set on fire, officials said
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A Filipino inmate is seen inside a jail following a raid at the national prison in Muntinlupa city, Philippines. The National Bureau of Investigation found rifles, pistols, knives, bullets, refrigerators, televisions, and drug paraphernalia
A female Afghan drug addict sits near a bridge inhabited by drug addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday
Patricia Sebastiao, 22, sits for a portrait in an open-air crack cocaine market known as a crackland where users can buy crack cocaine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Patricia, who has a 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, is pregnant with her third child. She said she is 6 or 7 months pregnant, but was not exactly sure.
A Colombian police officer carries a pack of marijuana seized by police. Narcotics police seized 4.1 tons of marijuana from drug trafficking gangs in two houses in Corinto, Cauca, Colombia.
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard beside a burning pile of seized drugs during a ceremony to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on the outskirts of Peshawar on Thursday
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Drug users gather beneath an overpass in an area known as “Cracolandia”, or Crackland, in the Antares shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Iranian police on Wednesday stand in front of a cloud of smoke during an incineration ceremony of about 100 tons of illicit drugs, an annual ritual in Tehran aimed at preventing drug trafficking and drug use. The drugs, mainly opium and morphine, were set ablaze in front of police and judiciary officials as well as a number of foreign dignitaries and UN officials
Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul in Afghanistan. Opium poppy cultivation has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the UN said in a report. Poppy cultivation is also increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, the report showed, especially in regions where thousands of US-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing. The report indicates that whatever international efforts have been made to wean local farmers off the crop have failed.