Opium

What it is and the Effects it can have

What Is Opium?

Opium is a reddish-brown heavy-scented addictive drug from the juice of the opium poppy plant. It is used to change mood, or to relieve pain

How is it taken into the body?

Opium is usually smoked, however it can also be eaten, drunk, or injected.

Some Forms Opium can be found in

Common street names

Opium

Aunti

Big O

Black Pill

Dream Stick

God's Medicine

Hops

Joy Plant

Midnight Oil

Dopium

Back Jack

Chinese Molasses

Short Term Effects of Using Opium

Short term effects include

  • Sleepy/drowsiness
  • Slows heart rate, and breathing if taken in large amounts
  • Causes passing out, or even falling into a coma
  • Constipation followed by diarrhea
  • Long periods of sleep then insomnia
  • Dehydration that won't end until the drug wears off

Long Term Effects Of Using Opium

If taken in by smoking, long term effects can be
  • increased risk of lung disease or cancer
  • irreparable damage to the lungs, liver, kidney, and heart

Injecting Opium long term effects

  • damage to the veins
  • abscesses of the skin which if untreated can lead to need for amputation

Withdrawal effects can be

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • anxiety
  • bone pain
  • diarrhea
  • high blood pressure

Signs Of Abuse

  • drowsiness & sedation
  • slow or depressed breathing
  • red or glazed eyes
  • slurred speech
  • headache
  • loss of appetite

Dependence/Addiction to Opium

Opium is used for more psychological reasons that physical, however some people do use it to relieve pain. Most of the time though it is used for relaxation and pain relief.
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