Opiates and their Derivatives Humanity has had a long and storied relationship with opiates and their derivatives. Opiates are a class of drugs that function as a depressant, affecting the central nervous system (Opiates, 2010). Historically, they have been used in medicine as powerful pain relievers, and examples include morphine, heroin, and codeine (Opiates, 2010). Indeed, it is noted that since F. Seturner isolated an active principle from opium (morphine) (Martinez-Fernandez, Aragon-Poce, Marquez-Espinos, Perez-Perez, Perez-Bustamante, & Torres-Moera, 2002), opiates and humans have enjoyed a rocky tenure, fraught with misunderstanding, utility, and abuse. Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seeds of the...The end:
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