National Geographic : 1985 Jun
Members Forum The Poppy I am in charge of the drug program in Orange County, California, and really appreciated the article "The Poppy" in the February 1985 issue. It was excellent. William L. Edelman Santa Ana, California The piece on opium was engrossing but left me wondering whether female narcotics addiction is a problem-or indeed if it even exists-in the countries that grow and export opium. The pho tos show women growing poppies and processing and selling opium, but nowhere do we see them using, abusing, or being treated for addiction. The implied absence of female users raises fasci nating sociological, economic, and cultural questions. Karen Jescavage-Bernard Selden, New York Author Peter White reports that opium and her oin addiction appears to be largely confined to males in poppy-producingcountries, with some exceptions in urban slum populations. Mummies I was deeply touched by the article in the Febru ary 1985 GEOGRAPHIC, especially by the state ment that the scientists found the child "too haunting to be probed and examined like some corpse in a medical laboratory." Even after 500 years there is something sacred about life, so early cut short. Eunice Voortman Escalon, California As a geologist I can appreciate the significance of Hansen, Meldgaard, and Nordqvist's studies, but as a Native American I find the use of a pho tograph of a mummified corpse of somebody's ancestral kin to illustrate the cover of our maga zine to be in the worst taste imaginable. Frank-Ti Neff Trinidad, California As the father of six children (two died in infancy) and the proud grandfather of eleven others, I was repelled, at first glance, when I saw the February cover. My repulsion disappeared quickly as I de voured the authors' story. Their devotion to their work is nothing short of inspirational. I thank them all for sharing their discoveries with me. John F. Lepine Livonia, Michigan VISIT EXPKRERS HALL NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY You and your family are the explorers here. Discover exciting, one-of-a-kind exhibits that talk, move, light up. See your Society's treasures of discovery, records of scientific achievement, and relics of ages past. Watch educational films. Only six blocks from the White House. Open daily. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 17th & M Streets N.W., Washington, D.C.