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History of Opium in the 20th Century

The first reference to opium as a medication is in The Sumerian medical clay tablet (about 2100 BC). The Ebers Papyrus (dated to circa 1550 BC) mentions a medication that contained opium, it was used as a sedative for children. It’s believed that Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, prescribed poppy juice as a purgative, narcotic and to cure leucorrhea. Galen, another physician who lived in the Roman Empire, also prescribed it.

The recent history of opium is shown in our infographic.

via addictionresource.com

Opium History

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