Poppy field irrigation

Poppy field irrigation

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Credit: PHILIPPE PSAILA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Poppy field irrigation. Row of sprinklers positioned in a field of opium poppies (Papaver somniferum). This poppy is the source of opium, a narcotic resin that contains the alkaloids morphine and codeine. These are used by the pharmaceutical industry as painkillers (analgesics). Opium can be refined to yield pure heroin, an illegal drug that induces feelings of warmth and euphoria. Frequent use leads to an increase in tolerance and addiction. Photographed in France.

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