Opiate addiction has been a universal epidemic not only in the United States but across the globe. Opium is derived from a plant commonly known as the Poppy. The highly addictive substance, manufactured as a painkiller initially generates a comfort like feel. However prolonged use of the drug may and usually does, result in addiction. The botanical name for it is Papaver Somniferem, which means “sleep-bringing Poppy”. Author L. Frank Baum illustrates the affect of this plant in the novel and classic film Wizard of Oz in a scene, which Dorothy falls to rest in a Poppy field. The mind and body numbing affect creates an instant relief to the inducer.
The drug is prescribed in many forms as a better quality of life for those who suffer physical illnesses. The clinical term for synthetic opiates is Opioid.