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Source plant and History

Opium Poppy Plant cultivated in lower Mesopotamia (Southwest Asia). The Sumerians referred to it as Hul Gil, the "joy plant." The Sumerians soon passed it on to the Assyrians, who in turn passed it on to the Egyptians. Opium is grown mainly by impoverished farmers on small plots in remote regions of the world. It flourishes in dry, warm climates and the vast majority of opium poppies are grown in a narrow, 4,500-mile stretch of mountains extending across central Asia from Turkey through Pakistan and Burma. Recently, opium has been grown in Latin America, notably Colombia and Mexico.


Oxycontin's active ingredient, Oxycodone, was created by German scientists in 1916, shortly after the pharmeceutical companies discontinued the production of heroin as cure-all drug. The first European medications containing Oxycodone were Eukodol, Eucodol, and Dinarkon; these drugs were originally thought to be less addictive, safer, and more efficient at treating pain than heroin. Oxycodone drugs were first introduced to the US market in early May of 1939. The uses Oxycontin and all Oxycodone drugs are intended only for the treatment of chronic and severe pain. Oxycontin is usually prescribed to cancer patients, individuals suffering from extreme chronic pain issues such as arthritis and degenerative diseases, and those undergoing extensive surgery such as shoulder or hip replacement.

current uses positive and negaitive

Negative Uses

1. you can get addicted to the Oxycodone both physically and psychologically

2. crushed and ingest or snort it

3. dilute in water and inject

Positive Uses

1. used as a pain killer

2. used for cancer patients

3. taken 2 times and more beneficial than any other pain killer that has to be taken several times a day.

What is OxyContin? Oxycodone Facts and Effects

representation of drug in pop culture and street names

Oxycontin is represented in pop culture as an overdose drug. It is also represented as a suicidal drug, and a drug that is persuaded to make people stay with you like a peer pressure drug.

Street Names

- OC

- Kicker


- Hillbilly Heroin.

- Oxy

Location on the schedule of controlled substances and the penalties for possession

Possession: (selling or selling near a school)

  • 5 to 20 years in prison
  • A $250,000 to $5 million fine, or both
  • Located in schedule II

Physiological effects of the molecule on human beings

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Addiction
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Coma
  • Death

Pictures of Skeletal and ball and stick structures of the molecule


1. What is the fine for selling Oxycontin?

2. What is the source plant?

3. What are the street names?

4. What are the side effects of taking Oxycontin?

5. What are positive and negative uses of Oxycontin?