The problem with Opium. Opium Poppy. Papaver Somniferum Sleeping poppy Sedation Pain relief God’s own medicine Acts on brain’s opiate receptor Endorphins. Endorphins. Morphine. Opium and its derivatives . Natural components (1800). Routes of Administration. Upon until 1850
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Natural components (1800)
Confessions of an Opium Eater (1822)
“ I do not readily believe that any man, having once tasted the divine luxuries of opium will afterward descent to the gross and moral enjoyments of alcohol
I take it for granted that those eat now who never ate before and those who always ate now eat more”
Later volume, Miseries of Opium, detailing his agony of addiction not as widely remembered.
Down to a sunless sea.
First treatment program using using methadone maintenance
Reduction in drug related problems (80 to 25%)
Reduction in criminal activity (20 to 10%)
Slight increase is employmentSuccess of methadone