NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 21, 1972
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(Studio) Mfg. of drugs legal in some places. India is one of them.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Neemuch, India) Opium factory visited. People said accustomed to the drug. India supplies 85% world's legit. opium. Crop to bring $20 million this year Security tight; so system works. 2/3 of 100 ton output of opium processed in factory last year Procedure described. [Procedure pictured.] Morphine content critical; samples tested. United States pays $24 per kilogram of opium; in NYC, street sale would bring $22,000; enough for 2000 fixes. 2% of India crop may get into illegal traffic. Central Industrial Police watch opium fields. Opium imp. to farmers in area. India shows opium ind. profitable and practical if well-controlled.
REPORTER: Liz Trotta