Heroin and hashish
Heroin is more addictive and more damaging than cocaine. It is produced by processing opium poppies
—ten tons of opium produces one ton of heroin. There have at last been a few encouraging
developments. In Britain, for example, the number of new addicts registering with the authorities
declined by 18 per cent in 1985-6 and by a further 14 per cent in 1986-7. Furthermore, heroin seizures
fell by 46 per cent from 317 kg in 1985-6 to 17.1 kg in 1986-7. Nevertheless, not too much weight
should be given to these figures as not all addicts register and the seizures are only a small percentage
of the drugs actually smuggled into the country.