Tasmania is the world's largest producer of opium alkaloids for the pharmaceutical market.
Standards placed on the industry by the Federal, State and US governments are stringent with very high levels of scientific expertise necessary.
The industry is highly efficient. It produces about 50% of the world's concentrated poppy straw (CPS) for morphine and related opiates from merely 10.7% of the production area.
** "Davine Time" update: Tonight I just had to escape for a little while in front of the Telly. So I veged out and immersed myself in "The Biggest Looser" world - I love this show.
** "Dad update" - He is so exhausted and frail that he is sleeping about 23.5 hours a day. He really isn't eating much - but he is comfortable and loved.