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The young nation's drug problem grew because of morphine, a painkiller derived from opium through a chemical process that was perfected by E. Merck & Company of Germany.
Some chose to commit suicide by eating raw opium or jumping into the bay.
Possession of drug paraphernalia, Third Avenue: A 19-year-old Berea man was cited, and faces possible criminal charges, after police caught him with suspected methamphetamine or opium at about 1 a.m. Dec. 16.
Until 1916, this newspaper listed opium in its weekly list of commodities prices (see above).
Although opium had been used in various forms for thousands of years, morphine was the first pure medication derived from the poppy plant (1803).
By the time Paul is kidnapped, his nuclear family has imploded; Getty Jr. is lost in an opium cloud and Gail is living in Rome.
Afghan opium is the source of much of the world’s heroin, and half of it comes from Helmand.
One person had even been buried with a ceramic vessel and an opium pipe.
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