Raw Opium

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November 3rd, 2012, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L13 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

Opium is a commodity that has tremendous power, both to ease pain and to destroy lives. For centuries, the opium poppy has played a pivotal role, not just in the lives of people who grow, manufacture and use it, but also in the sphere of international relations.

In Raw Opium, we meet a variety of people with different perspectives including opium growers in southeast Asia, a UN drug enforcement officer on the border of Afghanistan and a former Indian government drug czar. We are introduced to Portugal’s new, revolutionary policies toward its drug situation and to Vancouver’s Insite Clinic with its creative approaches to this complex issue. Assumptions about drug addiction and the War on Drugs are profoundly challenged.