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Letters Opium production in Afghanistan

Let’s re-examine buying the Afghan poppies that are left

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1325
  1. Ilora G Finlay, professor of palliative medicine,
  2. Lord Mancroft, vice chairman, Parliamentary All Party Drug Misuse Group,
  3. Frank Field, MP, founder of Poppy Relief
  1. 1Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff CF14 2TL
  2. 2House of Lords, London SW1A
  3. 3House of Commons, London SW1A
  1. finlayi{at}

Malloch-Brown claims that the government has repeatedly examined the idea of legal poppy cultivation, such as in the 2001 report by Mansfield.1 2 But he ignores Mansfield’s 2007 report, which says that evidence from the field shows that the growth in the opium poppy economy is the outcome—not the cause—of state …

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