In light of Afghanistan’s drug crisis and in response to the urgent need to significantly reduce the country’s illegal opium trade, The Senlis Council launched its Feasibility Study on Opium Licensing in Afghanistan for the Production of Morphine and other Essential Medicines in March 2005.

The objective of the study, to which more than 30 international experts and scholars contributed, was to investigate the possibility that opium poppy crops in Afghanistan could be used to produce opium-based medicines such as morphine and codeine.