By Thomas Santella
Tracing the lengthy and sometimes unstable tale of this historic drug, Opium interweaves strands of technological know-how, historical past, and pop culture, revealing what opium is, the way it works, the way it is used, and the way it impacts the physique. From mechanical cultivators that extract the milky juice of the opium poppy, to the numerous felony opium-derived pharmaceutical items used world wide, to the lethal results of heroin use, the various aspects of the Papaver somniferum spread. writer Thomas M. Santella additionally examines present teenage traits and attitudes towards the drug, besides the criminal ramifications of its use. choked with full-color pictures, illustrations, fact-filled sidebars, a valuable word list, and extra, Opium is a well-grounded advent to the strong drug that has either aided and troubled humanity when you consider that prior to recorded background.