By: Livv, Luke, Amanda, and Joiya
Then vs. Now
Opium goes back to ancient Egyptian, Indian, and Roman times. During the 1700s in China, opium was mixed with tobacco and smoked, which developed the realization of opium addiction. Throughout time, people learned how to manage the drug, and was used primarily as a pain killer. Opium continued to be used throughout the American Civil War. As technology advanced, it began to be used to make new medicines.
Empire's Opium Trade - Empire - Episode 4 - BBC One