US State Department: Russia is the largest consumer of drugs from Afghanistan

Russia remains one of the largest destinations of opiate drugs from Afghanistan, where they get transported through the Central Asian countries since 2011.

It follows from the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report published by the U.S. State Department on March 2nd.

According to UN estimates cited in the report, every year Russia consumes about 70-75 tons of heroin.

“Other illegal drugs such as cocaine are usually delivered through the ports of St. Petersburg and the Black Sea by couriers from the countries of South America and the Caribbean,” quotes Interfax.

According to various sources, the number of Russians who use drugs ranges from 7.3 million to 8.5 million people. The number of deaths associated with the use of drugs among people aged 18 to 34 fell by 30%: from 130,000 in 2000 to 92,000 in 2014.

However, in 2014 the number of under-aged drug addicts grew by 35% in Moscow, and 6.5% across the whole country, reports RIA Novosti.