Trade aggrement with Afghanistan and Astrazeneca can make the drugs the NHS needs?

Poppy control in Afghanistan a failure? GOOD!

MPs slam UK record on controlling Afghan opium poppy harvest

A cross-party report says attempts to manage levels of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan have been a failure, well good I say.

Afghan farmers know nothing else growing poppies is what they do; unless they are shooting at people who try to destroy or steal their crop.

Attempts by successive governments to control the Afghan opium poppy harvest  (Which may well be the source of some of heroin that comes to Britain) has been a failure according to a new report.

However the UK and NHS is desperate cut funding and cost of medicine.  It is also desperate to keep its own Pharmaceutical industry (like Astrzeneca)!  Most of the pain killers used are expensive and derived from Opiates or  Opioid alkaloids found as natural products in the opium poppy plant, for making Morphine agmoust many others.

Why should we buy drugs made from Californian poppies from Pfizer?  We could have a trade agreements with Afghanistan and Astrazeneca can make the drugs the NHS needs!  This also provides a steady safe income to the Afghan farmers; the only income they have.  UK and other NATO countries need not worry about illegal import of Heroin if the Afghan’s turn to a steady regular income instead of the illegal Heroin which has led to so much conflict!

Trade in Opium is legal when used to harvest the opium for the Pharmaceutical industry.  In the UK we grow it Oxfordshire!  It is utter hypocracy to destory what we need; and punish those who farm it!  Sure it might be an advantage to the US to control the world’s suppy of Morphine and control the world’s Pharmaceutical industry!  But why should we be that stupid?

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Other ref:

US State Blocking of Legal Afghan Opium Export

Feasibility Study on Opium Licensing in Afghanistan (PDF)





About Max

Poet, Creative Writer, Essayist, Political Opinionist and Reviewer. Rock and Roll fix it man with two guitars, a spanner, some glue and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis! Michael aka Max struggles to balance his continued ill luck with the limits of his condition. He also is acutely aware of the difficulties facing M.E. suffers who are abused by the system. In addition to poetry and historical fiction Michael also writes delightful and original children’s stories. He is also considering the completion of the first installment of his imaginative historically accurate stories of ex-pats stranded far from home in Asia during War World II, ‘The Orange Dragon of Old Hanoi’ (Copyright 2007, 2014). ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by aspiring British poet, writer and researcher of historical fiction, and children's author Michael J. Wormald. Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013. The Call of the Thunder Dragon Novel out now View all posts by Max

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