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Opium poppies. Pink opium poppies (Papaver somniferum). The drug opium is made from the sap of the unripe seed capsules of these flowers. It is used medicinally for its pain-killing alkaloids in drugs such as morphine and codeine. It is also used as a narcotic.
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