Ingesting poppy seeds—which come from opium poppies—in the days before taking a drug test can lead to a false positive result.
The report also said that targeted strikes sometimes cause civilian deaths, which could alienate the local population and bolster militant sentiments.
We live under the illusion that all problems can be dealt with through force.
The drugs stemming from the opium poppy have sparked wars, been used as a painkiller the world over and currently a prescription abuse epidemic in the U.S.
The United Nations estimates that $28 billion worth of heroin and opium is trafficked from Afghanistan to Western Europe each year.
Despite billions of dollars on counternarcotics program, poppy cultivation is growing.
As long as drug production continues unhindered, Afghanistan will destabilize the rest of the world.
The U.N. says that Afghanistan's opium crop has reached unprecedented high despite billions ploughed into anti-drug initiatives
By biohacking yeast to produce opium, researchers hope to shut down poppy fields