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Buy Afghanistan's opium crop to make pain controlling drugs
I understand that there is now and has been for some time, a worldwide shortage of chronic pain controlling drugs like morphine.
Why can we not purchase the opium crops of poor farmers who currently sell to the Taliban (and others) and process this into morphine and morphine derivatives?
Rather than destroy the crop and put the framer in a much poorer position than they current are, or force them to plant crops that they cannot sell for enough money to exist on, we could just buy what they are good at growing and use it for what we need.
I would suggest setting up a processing plant in Saskatchewan where we can see any Taliban coming for 3 days before they arrive and Canada could become the morphine supplier for the world.