Essay about Drug Cocaine And Its Effects On The Modern World

1111 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
“In 2014 in the United States alone there were over 47,055 lethal drug overdoses, with 18,893 deaths related to prescription pain killers and 10,574 deaths related to heroin” (“National Opioid…”). Both prescription pain killers and the illegal drug heroin are linked by one key ingredient: opium. Opium is involved in the production of narcotics ranging from prescription medicine to illegal drugs. It has had an impact on many different points in history and on today’s world. From its impact in history and on the modern world to its legal and illegal production and uses, opium has the potential to be a very harmful drug. Opium is produced from the poppy plant species “Papaver somniferum” (“Opium Poppy”), also known as the opium poppy. To harvest opium, first a cut is made in the poppy’s pod. When cut, the pod produces a “milky fluid” (“Opium Poppy”), which is then taken to be air dried. The result of the dried fluid is raw opium. This pure opium does not have to be altered or made into a new to product to be used or abused. In its raw form, it can be injected into veins, taken as a pill, or smoked (“Narcotics”). This opium in its pure form is most commonly used in the production of many other drugs, in which certain parts of it are taken and made into different products. It contains key ingredients to drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine (“Narcotics”). In the United States opium products, not including heroin, are considered a Schedule II drug under the Controlled…

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