Afghan farmers should be licensed to grow poppies for morphine, Senlis Council says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1343
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Poppy eradication programmes in Afghanistan are failing to halt heroin production and are driving farmers into the arms of the Taliban, says a report released this week. It urges NATO and the Afghan government to license poppy cultivation for the production of opiate medicines.

    The report comes from the Senlis Council, an international foreign policy think tank that focuses on counter-narcotics policy. The group has offices in Kabul and field offices in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

    Norine MacDonald, president of the council, called for a halt to chemical spraying operations planned for the next planting season. “There should be no crop eradication, manual or chemical, until the …

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