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Patiala MP interview: ‘VVIPs get pure opium, commoners treated as criminals’

In an interview, Dr Gandhi says that there is logic to his demand for permission for opium cultivation and sale in Punjab and that the state government’s war on drugs is running in the wrong direction.

Behind Madhya Pradesh move to buy banned poppy husk, the farmer constituency of 2018

Opium is legally cultivated only in Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam, the belt that saw farmers’ unrest over prices of other crops last June leading to the death of six farmers, including five in alleged police firing.

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Rajasthan: Opium users gear up for life post its ban

The 68-year-old is entitled to legal purchase of 8 kilograms of the addictive in a month, and for the past four decades, he has rarely missed eating or drinking it, thrice daily, like lakhs of others in Rajasthan.

Opium crop failure: No high for these farmers in times of drought

Opium growers in Madhya Pradesh are bearing the brunt of a drop in yields and a new licencing policy.

35 restaurants in China busted for using opium poppies as seasoning

Sprinkling utensils with poppy derivatives like morphine and codeine is a common practice in Chinese restaurants.

Punjab: Opium seized, BJP member among two arrested

The police claimed that 500 gm of opium was seized from Arora while 1 kg was seized from Bhagwan Singh, both of whom were picked up from their car late Tuesday evening.

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Drugs seized, not destroyed

‘Substance seized must not be let loose on the society’: Supreme Court wants a model for storing and destroying drugs.

Empires of poppies

Myanmar’s drug boom is worrying. Insurgents in the Northeast could tap into it.

Tech lag: India’s opium finds few takers

The US cut down its import from India from 375.76 metric tonne in 2007-08 to 69.50 metric tonne in the last fiscal.

Arunachal Pradesh emerges as largest opium producer in country; raises security concerns

The UNODC report puts the estimated total amount of opium produced in the area at 762 tonnes in 2014.

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Inside the Mexican town that supplies most of United States' heroin

Overdose deaths from opioids have increased almost six-fold in past two decades in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year 2017 witnessed more than 15,000 deaths due to heroin overdose.

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