CRJ 311 - Week 3 - Assignment 1 - Narcotic Drugs

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Narcotic DrugsNarcotic DrugsCRJ 311 ForensicsPage 1Narcotic DrugsIntroductionThe term Narcotics comes from as far back as ancient Sumer and Egypt. The opium poppyhas been utilized since at least 4000B.C.E. to treat coughs, pain, and insomnia. Of course, thiswas all before the opium poppys addictive properties were discovered.Throughout the19thcentury, that little secret spread so laws were set to regulate its use. Narcotic actually comesfrom the Greek word narcosis which means making one numb, or process of numbing. Ofcourse today Narcotic means substances that bind opioids to the receptors of the rain.Narcotics are one of the oldest and strongest depressant analgesic drugs known to man. Itaffects the central nervous system, reduces pain, induces sleep and stimulates euphoria.Narcotics are limited in possession and intended for the purposes of scientific and medical usefor patients with various injuries or chronic pain. It is obvious that it should be discouraged thatthis drug be intended for trafficking for the purpose of illegal intention for sale and abuse. Thisis an enormous problem and needs to be brought under control (Denning, 2011).Narcotics can be classified into three groups according to their origins. The natural derivativesof the opium poppy such as morphine and codeine. Morphine is used after surgery or surgicalprocedures for pain and is usually done intravenously. Next are partially synthetic drugs whichare d

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