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Drugs tsar slams plan.

THE Government's drugs tsar yesterday questioned the policy of spending billions of pounds destroying the world's poppy fields.

Addressing delegates at a conference in Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire, Keith Hellawell said agencies should concentrate on developing new crops for farmers to plant.

The former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire said: "The scorched-earth policy was often ineffective and the war against drugs needed a global, multi-agency approach.

"It panders to the hard line on drugs, but how does it stop drugs getting into America?

"We have to develop alternative economies and crops."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 4, 2001
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