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Effects of Opium

The duration of chemical effects of opium is about four hours. The drug produces relaxation, relief of pain and anxiety, decreased alertness, impaired coordination and serious problems with constipation.

Repeated or chronic use produces tolerance to all the effects except constipation. Continued use may result in weight loss, mental deterioration and death. Withdrawal sickness will occur if the drug is discontinued. Overdose can result in stupor, coma and death.

Being of similar structure, the opiate molecules occupy many of the same nerve-receptor sites and bring on the same analgesic effect as the body's natural painkillers. Opiates first produce a feeling of pleasure and euphoria, but with their continued use the body demands larger amounts to reach the same sense of well-being.

    Effects of Opium
  • Euphoria
  • sense of emotional detachment
  • absence of pain and stress
  • altered mood and mental processes
  • sleepiness
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • reduced sex drive
  • itchy skin
  • increased urination
  • sweating
  • inability to concentrate
  • impaired vision
  • death

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  • Opium, in its raw form is likely to be contaminated with bacteria and fungi.
  • Opium addiction occurs very rapidly, sometimes within weeks.
  • Opium is the crudest form and also the least potent of the Opiates.
  • The effects felt from opium last approximately 4 hours.