Opiates are naturally occurring chemicals that are derived from opium poppy, a beautiful plant.

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Above: This is the picture of the opium poppy that is in the process of being harvested. The white milky substance that is leaking out is called the latex. Slicing the plants and releasing some of the plants latex is a part of the harvesting process of the poppy plant, with the intentions to turn in to a powerful drug.

Above: A picture of a poppy field. The green ones in the back are the imature poppy, also known as pods. Those are used in the illegal opium production. The pink flower is what the pod will look like once it has bloomed.