Opium and Opioids
By Isabelle Haeberly and Kelly Frier
What is Opium?
These drugs can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected
Effects and Dangers
When taken in correct amounts for a painkiller, opium and other opiates like morphine are okay. But when they are even overdosed once, they can cause severe damage to your body such as...
feeling of heaviness in the body
slowed or arrested breathing
-muscle and bone pain
-cold flashes (with goose bumps)-involuntary leg movements
- "In 2007, 93% of the world’s opium supply came from Afghanistan. (Opium is the raw material for heroin supply.) Its total export value was about $4 billion, of which almost three quarters went to traffickers. About a quarter went to Afghan opium farmers.(drugfreeworld.com)"
- "An estimated 13.5 million people in the world take opioids (opium-like substances), including 9.2 million who use heroin. (drugfreeworld.com)"
- "Opiates make up 83 percent of admissions for intravenous drug addictions. (rehab-international.org/)"
- "Worldwide opium production has doubled since the mid-1980s, resulting in greater heroin availability, rising purity, and lower prices.(www.cia.gov/)"
- "Most modern pain relievers are opiates or come from the poppy.(www.drug-addiction-support.org/)"
You should tell a trusted adult, and find a safe solution.
What is the difference between legal medicine and illegal drugs?
Legal medicines are safe if you use them right proportion. Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason. The effects of illegal drugs can not only harm your actions, and long term health, but they could also hurt other people.