UNODC Drugs Monitoring Platform Brief: Possible impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trafficking in opiates and methamphetamine originating in Afghanistan

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Within a span of 12 months, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the global economy, public health and daily life. Drug trafficking relies heavily on legal trade to camouflage its activities and on individuals being able to distribute drugs to consumers. Accordingly, measures implemented by Governments to counter the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to affect illegal drug markets. (Public version)