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Afghan opium fear

2nd May 2008

UK Foreign office minister Lord Malloch Brown has warned that legalising production of opium in Afghanistan for medical use would be unworkable and fuel the drugs industry.

Doctors have suggested that opium, which contains morphine, could ease NHS shortfalls in pain relief drugs, but Lord Brown fears Afghanistan lacks the infrastructure and resources to control crops. He told the British Medical Journal that legalising crops may drive up prices and lead more farmers there to grow opium, pointing out that Turkey and Australia were nation’s better prepared to meet demand.

 

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