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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Drug History Timeline Pt 1 (Opium War Era)

1600s

Opium first arrives in China

1800s

Britain dominates the opium trade - Most of Britain's opium originates from British colonial plantations in India.

Period of widespread opium use & habituation in China

Morphine is first isolated from opium (1804)

Slavery ends in the Northern US (1804)

1820s

Romantic writers sensationalize opium through dramatic poetry & literature (1820's)

Thomas DeQuincey publishes a romanticized account of his opium use when he publishes "Confessions of An English Opium Eater" (1821)

Merck of Germany begins marketing morphine (1827)

1830s

Codeine isolated in Europe by French chemist, brought to market as a mild antitussive & analgesic with less dependence producing properties than morphine (1832)

1840s

Chinese/British Opium War (1839-1842)

Invention of the hypodermic needle (i.e. syringe), represents a major breakthrough in medicine and drug administration. (1840's)

A Doctor in Edinburgh discovers the efficacy of injecting morphine directly into the bloodstream, using the newly invented syringe. This will change the way morphine is used for therapeutic and casual purposes. (1843)

Next Section Here (Yellow Peril Era)

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