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Upon further investigation, what originates as a symbiosis relationship between Brekka and Ornara is actually a parasitic one. The 200-year-old plague is found to be dead by Dr. Beverly Crusher (Enterprise’s chief medical officer). The Brekkans have exploited the Ornarans by turning the medication (felicium) into a narcotic substance of which the Ornarans are unaware. The Brekkans survive by the food and cultivation provided by the Ornarans, in exchange for the felicium cultivated only on Brekka. Data’s further study reveals that felicium only grows on Brekka.
The Prime Directive (Starfleet’s General Order #1 and the most prominent guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets) dictates that there can be no interference with the internal development of pre-warp civilizations. Because of the Prime Directive, Captain Picard allows the transference of the narcotic to the Ornarans. He cannot interfere in the tradition of these non-Starfleet societies. Picard cannot inform the Ornarans of their exploitation either.