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A History of Opium and Heroin Addiction in the United States Documentary (1972)

Heroin Addiction: A History of Opium and Heroin Addiction in the United States Documentary (1972)



thefilmarchive.org Opium (poppy tears, lachryma papaveris) is the dried latex obtained from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). Opium contains up to 12% morphine, an alkaloid, which is frequently processed chemically to produce heroin for the illegal drug trade. The latex also includes codeine and non-narcotic alkaloids such as papaverine, thebaine and noscapine. The traditional method of obtaining the latex is to scratch (“score”) the immature seed pods (fruits) by hand; the latex leaks out and dries to a sticky yellowish residue that is later scraped off the fruit. The modern method is to harvest and process mature plants by machine. “Meconium” historically referred to related, weaker preparations made from other parts of the poppy or different species of poppies. The production of opium itself has basically not changed since ancient times. However, through selective breeding of the Papaver somniferum plant, the content of the phenanthrene alkaloids morphine, codeine, and to a lesser extent thebaine, has been greatly increased. In modern times, much of the thebaine, which often serves as the raw material for the synthesis for hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and other semi-synthetic opiates, originates from extracting Papaver orientale or Papaver bracteatum. Opium for illegal use is often converted into heroin, which is less bulky, making it easier to smuggle, and which multiplies its potency to approximately twice that of morphine. Heroin can be taken by intravenous
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2 Responses to “A History of Opium and Heroin Addiction in the United States Documentary (1972)”

  • mbphofan:

    sitting here shaking while watching this. I used heroin intravenously from when i was 20 until i was 25. A pure nightmare. Dreadfull. Stopped using heroin cold turkey 2 days prior to my first appt at the meth clinic. This was 2 years ago. Clean ever since, right up to this second. Still on methadone tho. PEOPLE: do not let this shit take your life from you. From one caring person to another. All it takes is ONE time. you will lose EVERYTHING. ur only 2 choices are death or jail

  • krstamit:

    plant shit!!!