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Opioids: a brief history 

Opioids: a brief history
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Opioids: a brief history
Author(s):

Cathy Stannard

, Michael Coupe

, and Anthony Pickering

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0001
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date: 23 August 2019

Opioids have been used recreationally and for the treatment of a variety of ailments for six millennia, with poppy seeds and images having been identified in more ancient cultures. This chapter provides a brief history of opioid use through to the present day.

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