(2) Dried poppy pods are used as fuel.
In some countries it is put
through a chemical process to claim the small amount of morphine salts that
remain after it is bled and dried.
(3) Poppy seeds are used for the following year's crop.
The seeds are
also used in baked goods.
(4) Extracted poppy juice is a milky white substance that darkens upon
exposure to air. As the raw opium darkens, it appears similar to compressed
vegetable matter. It is dark brown or black in color and has an earthy odor.
(5) The most common method of use is smoking the opium through a long-
stemmed pipe. The use of smoking opium never became popular in the US or among
Americans in general.
There have been reports of marijuana cigarettes being
soaked in an opium solution.
(6) Opium is a depressant.
It causes both physical and psychological
dependence. When under the influence, the user will present a sleepy, relaxed
The pupils of the eyes will be constricted.
The opium user is
searching for a sense of well-being or euphoria.
(7) Opium is the source of morphine, heroin, and codeine.
(8) Illicit opium derivatives enter the US through different ports.
(9) The principal suppliers in the Near East are Lebanon and Turkey. In
the Far East the suppliers are China and India. Europe receives illicit opium
products from the Middle East through various supply routes.
(10) Opium is formed into balls or blocks similar in texture to the
rubber found in the inner tube of a tire. This is the type of opium used for
(11) The Equipment and Paraphernalia Used in Administering Drugs.
(a) Tin - Similar in size to a pipe tobacco can, this item contains
"smoking opium." It is refined from crude opium and is considered the purest
form of the narcotic.
(b) Toy - This is a small, round container, like one containing
ointment dispensed by druggists.
(c) Yen Hock - This device is a long steel or metal pin, 4 to 6
inches long, with a flat end. It is used to place a "pea" of opium into the
(12) Small Lamp - This is a kerosene-type lamp with an open flame It is
used in the smoking process.
(13) Methods of Using Opium.