TURKEY: Opium's Lethal Return

By late next September, the soft, white flowers will once more bloom in the valleys and flatlands of Turkey's Anatolian heartland. For the region's farmers, the harvest of poppies will mean a return to a treasured crop that yields such vital uses as morphine, fuel, cooking oil and animal feed. But angered U.S.

drug and law enforcement officials also fear that Turkey's decision last week to resume planting opium poppies after a two-year prohibition will soon cause another deadly byproduct, "Turkish white" heroin, to appear back on the streets of New York City,...

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