Lebanon’s evolving illicit drug economy | Global Initiative


gi-captagon coverMay 2017 – Lebanon has a worrying new trend: the growth of the illicit economy around the drug Captagon – a global illicit industry worth an estimated US $ 1 billion a year. Captagon is an amphetamine and popular party pill widely used throughout the Gulf countries. Pro t margins of Captagon are astonishingly high: a single pill can be pro- duced for a few cents with easy to access precursor chemicals, but currently retails at up to US$20 in the Gulf.

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