Each year, some 7,000 people die in Russia from heroin made with Afghan opium. Despite spending US$ 7.6 billion, the United States has failed to stop drug production in Afghanistan. In Moscow, this is evidence that “U.S. foreign policy has been intentionally destructive,” some experts say.
One of the reasons (but not the only one) why Russia left Afghanistan was the burgeoning drug addiction acquired there by Russian soldiers, who brought it back into Russia with them.