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U.S. Opioid Use Is Destroying the Rainforest Through Narco-Deforestation

Data from conservation, drug policy, and health literature indicate that the opioid overdose epidemic is playing a role in the destruction of the rainforest. Widespread opioid use has expanded the U.S. market and demand for heroin, giving drug cartels in Central and South America more incentive to continue tearing down the rainforests as they build landing strips for airplanes or set up farms. Statistics show that deforestation has continued to climb alongside increased heroin use and demand. Read more here.

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