Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Opium Poppies

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.


  1. Wow, I had no idea. Nor would I have ever even pondered where the source for pharmaceutical opiates were grown. I love the way poppies look. At our former residence we had the good old fashioned reddish orange ones along one side of the house. Very showy.
    Sending loving thoughts to you, your Dad and family.

  2. I didn't know any of that about poppies. Thanks for the education:)

  3. Hello Davine, just caught up with your recent post.
    Thoughts are with you & your family, not easy to say anything of comfort.
    Good you are surrounded by other family members.
    Poppies are a lovely flower with an even lovelier colour. Also like the perfume entitled 'Opium'.

    Take Care!

  4. Hats off to you once again Davine, you are so kind and thoughtful and I bet that your Dad feels all that love.

    Glad to hear that you got in a bit of me time.

  5. didnt know that about the poppies.. interesting...

    hope your Dad stays comfortable


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