GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
July 28, 2000: The leader of Afghanistan's Taliban regime bans the growing of opium poppy.

Before the beginning of the November planting season, Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban's supreme leader, bans poppy growing in Afghanistan. He augments the ban with a religious edict declaring the crop to be contrary to the tenets of Islam. According to the United Nations, in 2000 Afghanistan produced nearly 4,000 tons of opium, about 75 percent of the world's supply.

PBS Drug Wars: The Opium Kings
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline /shows/heroin/maps/lands.html

Maps and charts of the growing lands of opium


PBS Drug Wars: Pharmacology: Opium
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline /shows/drugs/buyers/pharmacology /opium.html

An explanation of opium and its effects