By Abby Williams

Where does it come from?

Opium comes form the dried latex form from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) seed pod. The outer surface of the pod is scraped off.

How is it taken?

  • Smoked
  • Injected
  • In a pill
  • Tied into another drug

Over All Effects

Short Term

  • sleepy, drowsy or relaxed after smoking it
  • slows heart rate and breathing
  • pass out
  • coma
  • death

Long Term

  • Health related problems
  • Issues with social, emotional and spiritual well being
  • Opium addiction
  • Lung disease or lung cancer
  • Damage to lungs, kidney, liver and heart
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs

Street words

  • Gee
  • Dreams
  • Dream Stickiness
  • Hop(s)
  • Toys
  • Zero
  • Midnight Oil
  • Joy Plant
  • Buddha
  • Chinese Molasses


  • User will become dependent on the drug and feel incomplete with out Opium
  • Crave it intensely and use Opium no matter what is going on in their life
  • Withdraw symptoms like: sweating, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, muscle pain
  • Opium requires professional help to quit

Signs of addiction/ over dose

  • Reduced lung function
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Pin point pupils
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Social isolationism
  • Continuing the use no matter the problems that Opium has caused
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Depression