The United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention says efforts to help rebuild Afghanistan as a well-governed country could greatly reduce the supply of opiates in the narcotics market.
The office's director, Antonio Maria Costa says Afghanistan and some regions in Latin America prove that the weakening of civil society and the breakdown of law facilitate criminal activity. He says establishing democratic accountability in these areas will help fight the spread of narcotics.
In its annual report, the office says illicit opium production in Afghanistan fell by 94-percent last year. But it says production could resume at higher levels this year.