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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In Russia can revive the cultivation of the opium poppy

Allow to grow in Russia opium poppy plans the Ministry of industry and trade. So officials want to ensure the national pharmacists the main active ingredient for the production of strong analgesics. As it became known “MK”, the corresponding package of amendments to the law “On narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances” has already been developed in the Department.

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As explained by the authors of the bill, at the present time the cultivation of poppy for the production of narcotic or psychotropic substances on the territory of our country is prohibited.

However, it is “sleeping” Mac (or, as it is called farming experts – oil) contains the necessary for the production of potent painkillers such as morphine, codeine and thebaine. These components are part of the 13 drugs that are used in the therapy of oncological diseases, palliative medicine and for pain relief during surgical procedures. And nine of these drugs – in list is vitally important. All of them are made of domestic state pharmaceutical companies, but also from imported components Mac – the so-called opium substances.

As stated in the explanatory note to the draft amendments, the international market for the production of these substances is in the hands of a dozen pool companies. Nine of them are in countries which have declared Russia sanctions. As indicated by officials of the Ministry of industry and trade, the authorization of cultivation of narcotic poppy on the Russian fields will mean a full import substitution in the segment of analgesics throughout the entire cycle of production: from harvesting heady harvest and processing poppy straw to manufacture necessary to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients pills.

And this, according to the authors of the bill, in the light of new threats takes on a special meaning for the purposes of national security.

However, a number of experts is sure that in the pursuit of total import substitution officials together with scarlet poppy fields and will revive one of the most terrible and severe forms of addiction – opium addiction.

– After the 2008-2009 Federal drug legally prohibited to grow in Russia, the poppy is a classic form of severe addiction, as opium, have gone down in history, – said the Chairman of the National anti-drug Union Nikita Lushnikov, – If the poppy fields to return, will return and the problem of opium addicts. I will say as a man, he was a long time depending on exactly such drugs: ideal to protect the field will not work. So this measure is double – edged sword. And another very big question, which end outweigh.

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