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Opium, derived from the ripe seed capsule of the opium poppy (Papaversomniferum), has been used for its analgesic and euphoriant effects since antiquity, with Sumerian ideograms of about 4000 BC referring to the poppy as the 'plant of joy'. The extract contains the alkaloid opiate analgesics morphine and codeine. Heroin (diamorphine) is the most commonly abused opiate, usually in the form of black-market powder which is usually injected or smoked ('chasing the dragon'), but is also sometimes snorted. Street purity varies widely (usually 30-60 per cent) and the cost is somewhere between £40 and £90 per gram, depending on purity, type, and geographical location. Daily consumption is commonly in the region of 0.25 to 2 g.
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