DAVID M. MARTIN, MD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID M. MARTIN, MD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Heroin smuggling. Endoscope view of several small bags of heroin in the colon (large intestine) of a drug smuggler. The heroin is wrapped in plastic tape and each bundle is around 2.5 centimetres long. Heroin is an illegal opium-derived drug which is highly addictive. It commands a high price and is the basis for a lucrative black market. Smugglers often put themselves in great danger to import the drug. One of these packets burst inside this man's colon, causing him to lapse into a coma and stop breathing. After resuscitation the packets were discovered on an X-ray and removed using an endoscope.
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