While billions of dollars are being spent in a fruitless effort to stem the flow of traditional illegal drugs into our society a new target for politicians to throw money after is emerging. Doda is an easily produced crude refinement of the poppy flower, the plant from which opium, morphine and ultimately heroin are refined. As the use of this drug spreads it is alarming to learn that poppy plants are easily grown in Canada. Thus the 60,000 plants seized in B.C. are no doubt among the first of many such police operations in the ongoing “war on drugs”. Given the abject failure of this initiative to control the supply of other illegal drugs what are the chances of success against this new adversary? Once again we have proof that those who so desire will always find drugs. Our society needs to implement measures to control the demand for them and provide help for those already in the grips of addiction.
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