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Think before you give your kid a spoon of cough syrup!

They are banned for kids below 12 years of age in many countries like the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand but sadly, can be seen in almost every medical shop in India.

Enforce strict laws to curb drugs: Himachal CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said there are areas in the state that are known for cultivation of cannabis and opium and the practice needs to be curbed by enforcing strict laws.

West Bengal: TMC leader Subodh Pramanik arrested for possessing opium, bombs

West Bengal: TMC leader Subodh Pramanik arrested for possessing opium, bombs

The opium was recovered after officials raided Pramanik’s house at Sabdalpur village.

Enjoyed street side parantha? Found it addictive? You might have consumed drug-laced parantha!

Enjoyed street side parantha? Found it addictive? You might have consumed drug-laced parantha!

Many of us must have consumed paranthas at street side shops. You must have liked it and maybe found it tasty. But, if you find it addictive, there is a strong possibility that you might have consumed drug-laced parantha - 'ganja parantha' or 'opium parantha'. 

Long-term use of opioid may increase risk of depression

Longer duration of use of opioid is linked with onset of depression after controlling for pain and daily morphine equivalent doses.

Philistines brought opium to Israel during Iron Age

Philistines brought opium to Israel during Iron Age

Opium poppy, along with many other plant species previously unknown to Israel, were brought to Israel by Philistines during the Iron Age.

NATO troops killed in Afghanistan's Helmand, Taliban grab district

The Taliban seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan`s Helmand province on Monday despite US air strikes to repel them, and two NATO soldiers were shot dead by uniformed men on an Army base in the area, a stronghold for militants and opium.

China's Opium Wars had myriad Indian links: Novelist Amitav Ghosh

 There is a general lack of awareness in India about China's Opium Wars and the India connection, according to eminent author Amitav Ghosh.

Majority of women drug users introduced to opium by husbands in Arunachal Pradesh

A majority of women drug users in Arunachal Pradesh were introduced to opium after marriage, by their husbands, a new study has revealed.

Winged poppy thieves eat into farmers' yields

Poppy farmers in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh district are facing a unique problem.

Punjab waging national war against drugs: Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal

Nearly 20,000 people associated with the drugs trade have been arrested in Punjab in the last one year alone and drugs seizures in the past 20 months have been over Rs 6,000 crore. The alarming figures are the reason why Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal says that his state is "fighting a national war" against drugs.

Militants kidnap 100 tribesmen in northwest Pakistan

Hours after kidnapping 100 tribesmen in northwest Pakistan, the militants today released most of them after security forces launched an operation to rescue them.

One arrested in Delhi with opium valued Rs 1 crore

A man was arrested here with five kg opium valued Rs 1 crore in the international market, police said Friday.

25.5 kg opium seized, three arrested in Punjab

Police have seized a cache of 25.5 kg opium here and arrested three persons in this connection.

Two Nepalese held with opium worth Rs 50 lakh

Two Nepalese have been arrested with 4.45 kg opium by SSB personnel on Indo-Nepal border.

NE: High grade opium seized from couple

In a major haul of drugs, the police Special Branch seized 3 kg of high grade opium from a Manipuri couple here late last night.

Anusha Rizvi to direct `Opium` with husband

Journalist-turned-director Anusha Rizvi, who debuted as a director with highly acclaimed ‘Peepli Live’, has teamed up with her husband Mahmood Farooqui to direct her second movie ‘Opium’.

Now India can import opium seeds from 16 countries: DGFT

Opium is mainly used for manufacturing alkaloids for pharmaceuticals.

Chocolates offer opium-like high

Though not many may find it easy to avoid biting into a chocolate, a study has found chocolates cause an effect on the brain similar to that of opium.

10 kg opium seized, 2 held

Police on Sunday arrested two persons and recovered 10 kg opium which they had allegedly smuggled from Madhya Pradesh.