Afghanistan is the world's biggest opium exporter and there's no hint that is likely to change soon. The UN says 9,000 tons of the drugs were produced there in 2017 - a record. The number of heroin addicts there is also climbing steadily.
The UN has warned of record levels of drug use and production across the globe. But cocaine and opium aren't the only problem: pharmaceutical opioids are also having a devastating effect.
US-Iranian relations have taken a major plunge under President Trump and observers say Tehran has expanded its backing of the Afghan Taliban to stymie US action against the militant group in Afghanistan.
Activists are demanding EU member states stop sending asylum-seekers back to Afghanistan. Violence against civilians is on the rise in the country, yet some European governments appear eager to continue the deportations.
The recent bomb attack in Kabul has affected many Iranians, who are showing solidarity with their neighbors on social media. But will this extend to Afghan refugees who are made to feel unwelcome in Iran?
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