Homegrown Poppies

The Drug Enforcement Administration turned down requests by American doctors and pharmaceutical companies to allow domestic production of codeine poppies. During June hearings, spokesmen for the American Medical Association and the du Pont, Merck, Mallinckiodt and S.B. Pennick drug companies testified that II poppy farms are needed to a veil a shortage of medical codeine.

The Health, Education and Welfare Department denied any impending shortage, and the DEA and State Department said the proposal would be a slap in the face to countries where the feds are muscling farmers out of the poppy fields. However, the poppy under consideration. Papaver bracteatum, produces the codeine precursor thebaine rather than the opium yielded by the embattled Papaver somniferum.

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