Consumption of the opiate doda, an illegal and addictive concoction made from dried poppy pods, is out of control in Metro Vancouver's South Asian community, say experts in Surrey.
Dr. Gulzar Cheema said doda has been popular in the South Asian community for years and is currently sold under the counter in many pawnshops, video stores and other retail outlets.
Doda is a powder made by grinding the seed pods of opium poppies and is usually used to make a type of tea.
Police have ignored the problem for so long, it's now as common as marijuana in some circles, said Cheema.
He said recovery from doda addiction can be severe.
In a related Globe and Mail report we read:
The ground-up poppy powder called doda was sold openly in some South Asian stores in British Columbia just two years ago, but now it’s the target of a police crackdown – including what the RCMP are calling Canada’s largest opium poppy bust.
On Monday, Chilliwack RCMP’s drug unit discovered a 2.8-hectare field planted with 60,000 opium poppies, which the Mounties say is the largest drug seizure of its kind ever known in Canada. Two men, aged 31 and 24, who were tending the field have been arrested, and police are recommending charges of production and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Police are not saying if the two are the only suspects in the multimillion-dollar drug scheme.
It is with little doubt that doda has been brought to Canada, particularly British Columbia, by Indian immigrants from the state of Punjab and wherever there are Punjabis then there is doda to be found.
Indeed, Amritsar is the holiest city to the world's Sikhs. It is located in Punjab, India. It is also India's heroin capital according to this report that states "its proximity to Pakistan and Afghanistan have created a city where seventy percent of young people are addicted to heroin."
Vancouver has the inglourious honour of being considered the heroin capital of North America. I don't know how true that is but we can assuredly agree that it is the heroine capital of Canada. It is also has the largest Asian community (which I include south Asian and south-east Asian) in Canada and quite possibly all of North America. Coincidence? I don't think so and I believe the two are related.
Asian gangs more or less control the illegal drug trade in Canada. It's hard to believe that biker gangs alone are responsible for the production and distribution of narcotics when those arrested with the largest drug busts in Canadian history have Asian names and faces.
Illegal drug production in Canada has gone up so much that the Unite Nations considers Canada a top producer of ecstasy and methamphetamine thanks in large part to Asian gang activity.
Vancouver police concede that Vietnamese gangs control Vancouver's pot trade consisting of almost 90% of all suspects.
It seems Asian immigrants are not only erasing the Canadian character of Vancouver but have also given the city a drug habit. How's that for multiculturalism?
Hat tip to Canadian Immigration Report.