HOOKED: OPIUM, MORPHINE & HEROIN 1 OF 3

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HISTORY CHANNEL PRESENTS HOOKED: ILLEGAL DRUGS & HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY

EPISODE I: OPIUM, MORPHINE & HEROIN PART 1 OF 3

There has been a "drug culture" since the dawn of civilization. Sumerian cuneiform tablets from 3000 BC show a poppy harvest, as do ancient Egyptian scripts and Greek statues adorned with poppy crowns. Far more recently, Freud sung the praises of cocaine, which was included in the original recipe for Coca-Cola. But since the industrial revolution, drug use has changed dramatically, and society's response to this--particularly in America--has been to demonize users and make drugs illegal.

Hooked explores the world of illegal drugs, meeting with pharmacologists and scientists to learn exactly what effect they have on us and exploring the social and legislative changes that have transformed (and, some would argue, created) the drug culture of the 20th century. Outspoken advocates on both sides of the "war on drugs" illuminate this polarizing issue, and fascinating accounts and artifacts illustrate the role of drugs throughout history.

An examination of the history of the poppy plant and three of its deadliest derivatives. In ancient times, the poppy was considered divine, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, its addicting and lethal qualities caused unprecedented national outrage, social upheaval, and even sparked two wars. Used by the upper classes as patent medicines, heroin became the bane of society when the working class began to use it. In 1914, Federal law banned heroin and opium, and restricted morphine to medicinal use.

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By sarah123123 3 years ago
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By madeleinezpi 4 years ago
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By rajaaeiae 4 years ago
Pour ma part il y a les drogues de rue nouvellement appelé (cristal meth,cocaïne,extasy,et autre speed ou downer,l'alcool) et il y a le Cannabis le lsd,(1 ou 2 fois;not necessary stone but beautiful..) et l'héroïne OU MORPHÉE que des héroïnomanes qui peuvent ce l'payer et de toute facon en faut si peut mais le bonheur ne réside pas a cette donnée c'est que l'on peut pour la plupart gérer ou fonctionner de manière égal... a suivre!
By bobydbsound 7 years ago