INTRODUCTION• Opium is a narcotic formed from the latex of opium poppies , Papaver somniferum (poppy, sleep inducing)
HISTORY• Known to the Ancient Sumerians (circa 4000 B.C.), Ancient Egyptians & The Greeks• Hippocrates (460-357 B.C.)• Known to China around the 7th century A.D• Widespread opium use in China with the introduction of tobacco in the 17th century• In 1803, the German pharmacist F. W. Serturner isolated and described the principal alkaloid in opium
HEROIN• Semi-synthetic opioid drug synthesized from morphine
NDPS ACT• Cultivation production• Manufacture,• Import & Export,• Sale & Consumption,• Use etc of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
PRICE & TRAFFICKING• Raw Opium: Rs 1500 approx./Gram• Heroin: Rs 4500 approx./GramBody packers An individual who ingests wrapped packets of illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, ecstasy, marijuana, or hashish to transport them.