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VOA Report Spurs Kurdish Crackdown on Drugs

Following an investigative report by VOA’s Kurdish Service, the Kurdistan Regional Government strengthened penalties for buying and selling of pharmaceuticals on the black market, and for smuggling them across borders. The VOA report, aired on the Kurd Connection television program several months ago, showed how legal painkillers are sold to Iraqi smugglers who move them into Iran. There, the medications are modified into illegal narcotics using a process similar to one used in the West...

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