As Heroin Use Grows in U.S., Poppy Crops Thrive in Afghanistan “Afghanistan has roughly 500,000 acres, or about 780 square miles, devoted to growing opium poppy. That’s equivalent to more than 400,000 U.S. football fields — including the end zones,” John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (NBC, July 7, 2015) On March 29, 2016…

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