Recent Examples of opium from the Web
Qaem said the situation could improve if opium crop eradication efforts factored more into the planning of security operations.
At one time, the term opiate referred to natural substances that were derived from the seed pod of the opium plant, such as morphine, codeine and heroin.
And with opium smuggling and local taxation already locked down, attempts were made to control mineral and other self-sustaining resources.
The opium section illustrates how much of this book’s richness derives from the fact that what is ostensibly a chapter of the tea story ends up drawing in another consumable item as well.
For hundreds of years its main economy has been based on growing poppies for opium, an enterprise that still flourishes.
For years, most of the harvest would be smuggled out in the form of bulky opium syrup that was refined in other countries.
Dana’s grandfather spent a decade in the mid-1800s in China as a trader (most likely in opium).
But heroin seizures have not increased and seizures of opium paste — the raw material from which heroin is made — dropped.
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