Opium poppies

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Opium sap oozes from the slit seed pods of poppy flowers in a hilltribe field in northern Thailand. Before the effective ban on poppy farming was enforced in the late 1990s, fields of poppies bloomed across the northern hills in the winter months. The raw opium sap was scraped off the bulbs by the farmers after it had congealed from a milky white sap into a stick brown substance. Some of it was smoked by local addicts and the rest was sold to be processed into morphine then heroin in clandestine refineries. The hills of the Shan State in Burma are still a major source of the world’s illicit opiates.

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