Heroin Trafficking Today

Heroin trafficking is a problem that has existed for many years, both in countries that grow opium poppies (the plant heroin is derived from) and the countries that heroin is shipped to.

People have suffered from heroin addiction since the 1900s, when it was first developed and began to become popular in the United States and other industrialized nations. If we can develop an overall view of how heroin trafficking is in operation today, we can know more about how to curb its spread and stop more people from coming under its influence. Heroin doesn’t just affect the person who takes it. It also affects their family, friends, coworkers, social circle and, ultimately, the whole of society.


Heroin is a drug that is shipped all over the world, most of it coming from the biggest producer of heroin, Afghanistan. In 2004, a survey produced by the United Nations estimated that Afghanistan accounts for nearly 87 percent of all of the heroin production in the entire world. Ever since the wars began in the country, poppy plant production has increased, and peaked in 2006.

Where the Drug Originates

Opium poppies, the plant from which heroin is created, are grown largely in Asia and Afghanistan.[i]

In Southeast Asia, there is an area known as the Golden Triangle, encompassing Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. In the Golden Triangle, there is a large quantity of poppy plants that are grown for the purposes of creating heroin.[ii] In the United States, most of the heroin that is sold and consumed comes from Mexico and Colombia, though nations such as Pakistan were—until recently—large producers and exporters. Recent conflicts and escalations of police activity in the country have decreased the amount of poppy plants that are grown and somewhat curbed the heroin trade in the area. Afghanistan, conversely, has increased its trade as Pakistan has declined though this may have to do more with changing market forces than with police activity.


Because heroin is illegal in most of the world, there are heavy penalties for its sale, trade and possession.

In Southeast Asia, for example, trafficking heroin results in an automatic death penalty, and this same harshness is present in other countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. This penalty does not only apply to natives, but foreigners as well, and there have been well-publicized cases of foreigners who have been caught and sentenced to death because they were accused of trafficking heroin.


At The Canyon, the treatment program is designed to help you overcome your drug addiction while simultaneously promoting healing in your mind, body and spirit. Specially designed classes, treatments and therapies aid in this healing process while specially trained therapists guide and tweak each patient’s treatment on a weekly basis so that they are receiving the most benefit possible.

At The Canyon, we care about every patient who passes through our doors, and we will do everything in our power to make your stay a rewarding one. Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to learn more about how can help you end your heroin addiction and begin to live a sober life again. We can also check your insurance benefits to see what coverage you are entitled to. Contact us for more information about our heroin rehab at The Canyon today.

[i] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin

[ii] https://news.vice.com/article/the-opium-and-heroin-business-is-booming-in-southeast-asias-golden-triangle


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

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The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team