Drug Markets and Supply


  • Raw opium from a poppy head is seen at a farmer's field on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 28, 2015, photo by Parwiz/Reuters


    Afghanistan in the Era of Fentanyl

    Jul 26, 2021

    Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are displacing heroin in some major drug markets. What might happen to Afghanistan—the world's largest producer of illegal opium poppy—if demand for its opiates dropped off sharply and permanently?

  • Australian authorities aboard a vessel involved in a heroin raid in Sydney, October 15, 1998, photo by Reuters


    Australia Contained COVID-19 Early On. Can It Do the Same with Synthetic Opioids?

    Apr 30, 2021

    Australia is at risk of a fentanyl problem, but it is better prepared than North America. If the country can make the same kind of concerted effort it did to keep COVID-19 at bay, that could save thousands of lives.

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    Shann Hulme

    Research Leader
    Education Ph.D. in criminology and public health, University of New South Wales; B.C.C.J. (Hons) in criminology and criminal justice, University of New South Wales

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    Mafalda Pardal

    Senior Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in criminology, Ghent University, Belgium; M.Sc. in criminology, KU Leuven, Belgium; B.A. in law, University of Coimbra, Portugal

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    Nima Shahidinia

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P., American University; B.S. in political science, economics, Santa Clara University

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    Jirka Taylor

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in international relations, University of Cambridge; M.A. in American studies, Charles University, Prague; B.A. in international area studies, Charles University, Prague