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Drug Traffic / Turkish Poppies #21784

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 05, 1972
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(Studio) Attorney General Kleindienst reports on enforcement of drug abuse law. Says heroin traffic in United States disrupted. 80% opium for heroin in United States has traditionally come from Turkish poppy fields. Turkey has now agreed to stop growing poppy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Afyon Province, Turkey) Under direct pressure from US, Turkey harvests opium for last time. It is a legitimate crop used world wide in pharmaceuticals, a way of life for peasant farmers. Poppy seed oil used in cooking; stock fed to cattle. Addiction unknown among poppy farmers. US Govt. pays $35 million to help compensate farmers, but aid will not fill gap. Turkish farmers resent United States strongarm.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry

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