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Opium

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Provides a detailed look at opium today in the context of its long history of use as a therapeutic and recreational drug. Opium use dates back 7000 years—longer than any other drug. This book looks at social changes and how they have affected perceptions of opium. Dr. Thomas Sydenham wrote, "Among the remedies which it has pleased the Almighty God to give to man to relieve his sufferings, none is so universal and so efficacious as opium." From this gloving description of opium—written 325 years ago—to today, ...
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Overview


Provides a detailed look at opium today in the context of its long history of use as a therapeutic and recreational drug. Opium use dates back 7000 years—longer than any other drug. This book looks at social changes and how they have affected perceptions of opium. Dr. Thomas Sydenham wrote, "Among the remedies which it has pleased the Almighty God to give to man to relieve his sufferings, none is so universal and so efficacious as opium." From this gloving description of opium—written 325 years ago—to today, perceptions of opium have changed dramatically. Opium is now looked upon with fear more than anything else; along with its derivatives, opium is the most controlled drug in existence—some derivatives are unavailable even with a doctor's prescription.

The pharmacology and effects are discussed in non-technical terms. Drugs derived from opium, like heroin, and drugs created entirely in the lab, such as methadone, are explained.

The Little Book of Opium aids in "harm reduction" by providing useful information that can save lives of people using or experimenting with opium or its derivative. It will also help people better understand their medical treatment when faced with various

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914171836
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Myths 5
2. What is Opium? 9
3. Opium Effects 13
4. Opium Dreams 23
5. Early Use 33
6. Opium Wars 37
7. Death of Opium 41
8. Chemistry 47
9. Major Constituents 57
10. Minor Constituents 63
11. Morphine 69
12. Codeine 73
13. Poppy Classification 79
14. Horticulture 85
15. Agriculture 92
16. Jribal Production 96
17. Distribution 100
18. Home Grown 105
19. Using Opium 113
20. Pharmaceuticals 120
21. Legal Status 126
22. Addiction 132
Bibliography 139
Author Bios 140
Ronin Books for Independent Minds 143
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