The Legalization Of Opium For Medical Purposes Essay

1421 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
By allowing licensing, the licit market would consume the poppy rather than the black market, restricting the leakage of the drug on to the streets. Rather than trying to discourage the production of opium in Afghanistan, the United States should encourage the licit production of the drug for medical purposes. According to the International Narcotics Control Board, 80% of the world’s population faced a shortage of opium based medicines. Opium is the key ingredient in producing demerol, codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and non-medicinal heroine used to wean substance abusers off of the drug. Aside from saving billions of dollars a year by halting the eradication program, the United States would be able to benefit economically from the legalization of opium production in Afghanistan. One in three adult Americans take prescription painkillers. By allowing Afghanistan to produce medical opium, US consumers could see a drastic drop in the price of opium based medication.
The current price and supply of medical opioids is regulated heavily by Australia and France who provide a majority of the world’s medical opioids. Pharmaceutical companies in Australia are responsible for producing 46% of the world 's medical opium. These companies pay Australian farmers between $6,000 and $8,000 per hectare of opium cultivated. Afghan Farmers, are paid significantly less for their illegal production of poppy with a net income of $2,900 per hectare. According to the ICOS,…

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