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On the frontline of Russia's advancing heroin epidemic

Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, opium production in Afghanistan has risen dramatically - and Russia's geographic proximity to the region has made it a huge consumer.

An estimated 2.5 million Russians are heroin addicts, and some 30,000 will die this year.

Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports from Novokuznetsk, a Siberian city facing an epidemic.

Broadcast on Thursday 1 April 2010.

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