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Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World. John H. Halpern, David Blistein

Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World

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  • Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World
  • John H. Halpern, David Blistein
  • Page: 352
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  • ISBN: 9780316417662
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
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"A landmark project." -- Dr. Andrew Weil "Engrossing and highly readable." -- Sam Quinones "An astonishing journey through time and space." -- Julie Holland, MD "The most important, provocative, and challenging book I've read in a long time." -- Laurence Bergreen From a psychiatrist on the frontlines of addiction medicine and an expert on the history of drug use, comes the "authoritative, engaging, and accessible" (Booklist) history of the flower that helped to build -- and now threatens -- modern society. Opioid addiction is fast becoming the most deadly crisis in American history. In 2017, it claimed nearly fifty thousand lives -- more than gunshots and car crashes combined, and almost as many Americans as were killed in the entire Vietnam War. But even as the overdose crisis ravages our nation -- straining our prison system, dividing families, and defying virtually every legislative solution to treat it-- few understand how it came to be. Opium tells the extraordinary and at times harrowing tale of how we arrived at today's crisis, "mak[ing] timely and startling connections among painkillers, politics, finance, and society" (Laurence Bergreen). The story begins with the discovery of poppy artifacts in ancient Mesopotamia, and goes on to explore how Greek physicians and obscure chemists discovered opium's effects and refined its power, how colonial empires marketed it around the world, and eventually how international drug companies developed a range of powerful synthetic opioids that led to an epidemic of addiction. Throughout, Dr. John Halpern and David Blistein reveal the fascinating role that opium has played in building our modern world, from trade networks to medical protocols to drug enforcement policies. Most importantly, they disentangle how crucial misjudgments, patterns of greed, and racial stereotypes served to transform one of nature's most effective painkillers into a source of unspeakable pain-and how, using the insights of history, state-of-the-art science, and a compassionate approach to the illness of addiction, we can overcome today's overdose epidemic. This urgent and masterfully woven narrative tells an epic story of how one beautiful flower became the fascination of leaders, tycoons, and nations through the centuries and in their hands exposed the fragility of our civilization.

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The flower is grown mainly by impoverished farmers on small plots in remote regions As the petals fall away, they expose an egg-shaped seed pod. Burma's 1996 share of more than 2500 tons made it, far and away, the world leader. By an age-old rule of thumb, every 10 tons of raw opium reduces to one ton of heroin. Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned - Goodreads
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The ancient Greeks, who held the opium poppy sacred, claimed it was Demeter This highly informative exploration of the history of opium (and the world, Rulers of the Mughal Empire formed opium habits by eating it; Opium poppy, white flowers and seed capsule, about 1853, after Miss M.A. Burnett. The legendary Ufland Brothers and there views: Opium (poppy tears
The modern method is to harvest and process mature plants by machine. Opium is mentioned in the most important medical texts of the ancient world, Opium was used with poison hemlock to put people quickly and painlessly to death, . be scooped up with a needle-like skewer for smoking, formed the basis of a craft  Buzz Books 2019: Spring/Summer: Excerpts from next season's best - Google Books Result
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Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. . The flowers grow in clusters of three at the ends of the branches. Kratom was also used as an opium substitute in Thailand in the nineteenth century. For 173 (26.2%) exposure calls, no effects were reported, or poison center 

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