Magazine article Natural History

The Endless Opium War

Magazine article Natural History

The Endless Opium War

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The Endless Opium War

In the words of Lucy Inglis, from her book, Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium, from which we adapted our cover story, "Opium's Human History," (pages 14-21):

It is unlikely in the extreme that the poppy fields of Afghanistan, the Shan states of Burma, or the Sinaloa mountains will be brought under any significant governmental, let alone international, control. The world is finding its medical-grade opiates through legally grown poppies in Australia and Tasmania, as well as India, Turkey, France, Spain, Britain, and Hungary. We may soon have enough high-quality pain relief for people all around the world. This is not the will of people who would control one resource after another, pretending that it isn't about money and ever greater power, or for the welfare and safety of their people. …

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