Opium derives from the poppy plant. Opiates include legal painkillers such as morphine, but also the illicit drug heroin.

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Does percocet have opium in it?

No, Percocet does not have opium in it. Opium is the dried latex of the opium poppy. It is a complex mixture of chemicals, containing narcotics such as morphine and codeine. Percocet contains acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, it does not occur naturally in opium (though it can be synthesized from chemicals in opium).

Who is most likely to use opium?

Native Americans and Orientals, because it is part of their culture upbringing and also used in spiritual/religious ceremonies.

Opium (as derived from the poppy flowering plant) is native to the Old World, not the New World. Native Americans (and other indigenous populations of the Western Hemisphere) do NOT have a history of opium use, and do NOT use it in traditional ceremonies. The above answer probably confuses it with peyote or other hallucinogenic flowering plants native to the Americas.

Presuming the question refers specifically to raw opium (verses refined opium; processed opium goes by the name heroin). Historically, opium was a pain relief agent and recreational drug, both in China and later throughout Europe and North America.

Today, the most likely users of opium are either those who have a cultural connection to opium use (primarily asians of ethnic chinese descent, certain sub-continental Indian groups, and Afghanis ), or who have a severe pain issue and are unable to gain access to (or afford) other painkillers.

How opium affect neurotransmitter?

Opium or any opioid for that matter presynaptically inhibit transmission of excitatory pathways. Activation of any type of opioid receptor inhibits adenylate cyclase, resulting in a fall in intracellular cAMP and diminished action potential firing. This causes a reduced flow of nociceptive information to the brain

What is a opium addict?

someone who is addicted to opium, which is produced by poppies and usually smoked. It is also used to produce pain killers.

How do you smoke opium in a pipe?

Don't be stupid. Just put it in and light it up I guess. Just do heroine or marijuana. Its better

What does opium contain?

Opium contains various opiates such as morphine, codeine and thebaine.

Do you ever get over the opium addiction?

Opium addiction, along with heroin, morphine, codeine and the other synthetic opioids, is a rapidly-progressing addiction that can hook you in a matter of days (as you probably know already). It is also a difficult addiction to leave, because of the discomfort of the withdrawal.

Fortunately, it is also treatable if you want to kick. The ideal method is short-term detox with a replacement drug such as Suboxone (which kills the sickness and speeds up the detox), followed by comprehensive treatment and support. If you live in any large city there should be resources open to you.

We also recommend attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings so that you will meet people who have been successful and can help you along in your recovery.

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Why the British were eager to end the ban of opium in china?

The opium trade was extremely profitable for the British, and thus they wished to end the ban of opium in order to resume the opium trade and make profits.

What were the causes of the Opium War?

Both the First Opium War and the Second Opium War were fought between Britain and China. The disputes arose over diplomatic relations, trade, and the legal status of foreign nationals.

How prevalent is opium in America?

Heroin and any narcotic pain medication is opium based.

Yes, that is true, however I believe he/she wants to know how prevalent opium itself is in America. The answer to that is pretty unclear, but I would say that, generally, opium is NOT very prevalent in America. In some (few) regions of the US, you may find many opium users, but in most places the majority of people have never used, nor know anything about it. Opiate drugs, such as heroin (diacetylmorphine) and opiate based painkillers, are VERY prevalent in the US though. You may still see a little bit of opium place to place, but it is very scarce. Most US opium is not even imported, but instead, home grown. Almost every drug dealer, in big cities, would look at you stupid if you asked for opium. (May think you are a narcotics agent too! Be careful! LOL!)

At one point in time, during the early 1900s, opium was quite prevalent among Chinese and other Oriental Americans. (Primarily in China Towns in big cities) Opium dens used to be a legitimate business, but laws were made against opium to intentionally target Chinese (and other Oriental) Americans. There even was a law that made it illegal to carry two water buckets on a bamboo pole! Or to wear a braided ponytail! The final straw for opium's legality was when it was suggested to the US government that opium was used by the Chinese to seduce and rape white women. This, of course, was NOT true, but the paranoia of the US government prevailed, once again! Since then, opium has been a rarity and oddity. Some groups of (mainly foreign) people still use opium (secretly) in the US, but it is an underground activity. Very few American born citizens use the drug. Its highly unlikely to find a dealer who sells it. Recently, there have been whispers that opium is making a pop-cultural comeback, but many are skeptical about the idea. I hope this answers your question a little better. My advice to anyone considering using opium (or any opiate based drug) is to NOT do it, and stay AWAY from it. Its highly addictive, and ANYONE can fall into the habit. I have seen several close friends fall apart from withdrawals from opiate based drugs. The withdrawals are SO horrible and painful that some consider suicide! STAY AWAY from opiates! (unless you are prescribed to such a drug for medical reasons) Opiate based drugs can be an absolute miracle to those living with severe or chronic pain, but those who abuse and misuse her WILL be punished. Respect her, or she WILL take her vengeance upon you!

What are the active ingredients in the opium poppy?

It contains up to 12% morphine, an opiate alkaloid, which is most frequently processed chemically to produce heroin for the illegal drug trade. The resin also includes codeine and non-narcotic alkaloids, such as papaverine, thebaine and noscapine. Meconium historically referred to related, weaker preparations made from other parts of the poppy or different species of poppies.

What is opium?

Opium is a drug made from the poppy plant. Poppies grow in many different countries but most poppies today are used to make heroin and opium is much less popular than in was in the past. In the past opium was widely used for both medical and recreational purposes.

Opium is made by drying the latex contained with in the opium poppy. It contains morphine usually about 8-10% by weight. This is what makes opium addictive. It also contains some codeine and other alkaloids. Typically opium is smoked in order to vaporize the morphine and get high (or relieve pain). Opium was also used in other ways. For instance Laudanum was a solution of opium in alcohol that was used as a way to consume opium (and thus morphine).

Opium is usually a tar-like material and can be sticky. It varies in color from yellow to tan to brown or black. Opium is not widely available because it is not very popular and it is much more profitable to refine the opium into heroin which is easier to smuggle and easier to sell. Like morphine, heroin, and oxycodone, opium is addictive and causes tolerance and dependence.

What did China give British control of?

China Gave up control of Hong Kong to the British.