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Cocaine destroying forests in Central America

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Cocaine Is Destroying Forests in Central America

Cocaine production is big business—according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, a whopping 943 tons of the drug was produced in 2014 alone. And the United States is one of its biggest consumers, with 1.5 million regular users in the U.S. at any given time. But that addiction has more than economic consequences—it has environmental ones. As Oregon Live’s Kale Williams reports, Central American forests are being destroyed by the world’s cocaine habit.

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