Opium

Opium

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    Opium is a depressant drug which means it slows down the messages travelling between your brain and body. Derived from the poppy (Papaver somniferum), it was traditionally cultivated in the Mediterranean and Asia. The Opium Poppy is one of the oldest plants in recorded history, with information dating back to 5,000 BCE. A milky substance called latex is collected from the poppy, air dried and manufactured into a brown powder or resin. This latex contains a combination of active chemicals such as morphine and codeine.

  • Common Names

    Aunti

    Big O

    Black pill

    Chinese Molasses

    Dopium

    Dream Gun

    Gee

    Guma

    Midnight Oil

    Zero

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    What does it look like?

    Opium is a sticky dark-brown gum with a strong odour. It can also be manufactured into a liquid, powder, or solid resin.

  • How is it used?

    Opium is commonly smoked, but can also be injected, swallowed or drunk. Raw opium has a bitter taste due to the alkaloid levels. Ingesting and injecting opium may increase the chance of overdose. Some of the most common ways to take opium are to smoke it via a bong or a pipe or take it in the form of a pill.

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Side Effects of Opioum

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    The main effects of opium are exerted by its collection of alkaloids collectively known as ‘opiates’. Opiates predominately affect the functioning of the brain and spinal cord. The levels and potency of alkaloids in opium can be difficult to measure, as they vary between batches, area of growth and growing techniques. The effects of opium last for two-to-three hours, though this is dependent on individual characteristics of the batch. Tolerance to the effects of opium increases quickly.

    Opium affects everyone differently, based on:

    • the person’s size, weight and health
    • Regularity of use
    • whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • the amount taken
    • the strength of the drug (which varies between batches)

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    The main effects of opium are exerted by its collection of alkaloids collectively known as ‘opiates’. Opiates predominately affect the functioning of the brain and spinal cord. The levels and potency of alkaloids in opium can be difficult to measure, as they vary between batches, area of growth and growing techniques. The effects of opium last for two-to-three hours, though this is dependent on individual characteristics of the batch. Tolerance to the effects of opium increases quickly.

    Opium affects everyone differently, based on:

    • the person’s size, weight and health
    • Regularity of use
    • whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • the amount taken
    • the strength of the drug (which varies between batches)

  • Side effects include:

    Euphoria

    Relaxation

    Analgesia

    If injecting there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV and AIDS

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    Side effects include:

    Euphoria

    Relaxation

    Analgesia

    If injecting there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV and AIDS

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    Long-term effects:

    Long-term use can inhibit smooth muscle function in the bowel, leading to constipation. It can also cause drying of the mucous membranes, leading to dry mouth and nasal passages. Tolerance to opium is established quickly, and as a result, physical dependence may increase the chance of overdose.

    Regular use of opium may cause:

    Intense sadness

    Irregular periods and difficulty having children

    Loss of sex drive

    Constipation

    Damaged heart, lungs, liver and brain

    Damage to veins, skin, heart and lung infections from injecting

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on other opioids

    Financial, work or social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Long-term use can inhibit smooth muscle function in the bowel, leading to constipation. It can also cause drying of the mucous membranes, leading to dry mouth and nasal passages. Tolerance to opium is established quickly, and as a result, physical dependence may increase the chance of overdose.

    Regular use of opium may cause:

    Intense sadness

    Irregular periods and difficulty having children

    Loss of sex drive

    Constipation

    Damaged heart, lungs, liver and brain

    Damage to veins, skin, heart and lung infections from injecting

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on other opioids

    Financial, work or social problems

Opium Overdose

Mixing Opium with other drugs

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    Opium is commonly taken with other drugs such as cannabis and/or methamphetamine.

    Black is the mixture of marijuana, methamphetamine and opium.

    Buddha is the mix of potent marijuana spiked with opium.

  • Opium + Depressants or Stimulants

     

    Taking multiple depressant drugs can significantly increase the chances of respiratory and cardiac depression and overdose. Similarly, taking depressants with stimulants may mask the negative effects of either, also leading to overdose.

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The effects of taking Opium with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.