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Afghanistan: Nine homeless drug users shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kabul

February 16, 2020 4:26 pm

There are an estimated 2.5 million drug users in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Public Health says, with most thought to addicted to heroin made from opium poppies grown in Afghanistan.

Ludhiana: Cop, 2 others arrested for possession of opium

November 25, 2019 1:55 am

Ludhiana Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal said the ASI had been suspended and his role is being probed.

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

October 04, 2018 1:26 am

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.

Punjab: Police files DDR against AAP MP Dharamvir Gandhi for sowing poppy seeds during protest

September 13, 2019 10:49 pm

Dharamvir Gandhi along with hundreds of farmers from several farmer unions had organised a protest rally during Chhapar Mela demanding legalisation of cultivation of opium in Punjab.

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

March 19, 2018 1:29 am

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.

Rajasthan: Opium users gear up for life post its ban

April 02, 2016 8:52 pm

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

March 17, 2016 12:06 pm

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

January 24, 2016 12:44 pm

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

Punjab: Opium seized, BJP member among two arrested

September 17, 2015 7:28 am

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.

Drugs seized, not destroyed

September 03, 2015 1:43 am

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


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

February 11, 2019 2:14 pm

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.