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Group Calls for Licensing Afghan Opium

Afghanistan could reduce its destabilizing heroin trade by licensing an opium crop to produce medical morphine for export, a drug policy group said Monday, but the United Nations dismissed the idea as unlikely to work and the government called it premature. The Senlis Council, a France-based group founded in 2002, released results of a study examining the potential for licensing poppy cultivation in Afghanistan — which produces an estimated 87 percent of the world’s supply of both opium and its derivative, heroin. Full Story

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