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How Johnson & Johnson companies used a 'super poppy' to make narcotics for America's most abused opioid pills; Johnson & Johnson, a company more widely known for baby powder and Band-Aids, became a major supplier of narcotic raw materials to the U.S. than

Mar 26, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - As the United States was succumbing to an epidemic of addiction, the Johnson & Johnson family of companies became the leading maker of narcotics for popular opioid pills, a dominance achieved through decades of innovation, navigation of U.S. drug policy, and the cultivation of poppies in this remote haven on the other side of the world.

Johnson & Johnson's supply chain began in Tasmania, an island 150 miles south of mainland Australia, where scientists in the mid-19...