The Role of Chemistry in History

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Background Information

April 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments ·


Background Information| Chemical Structure| How Codeine Works in the Body| Recreational Use| How Codeine Affects History


  • Codeine or methylmorphine is a member of the drug class opiates. It’s used for its analgesic, antitussive and antidiarrheal properties.


  • Codeine is an alkaloid that was first isolated in 1832 by Jean-Pierre Robiquet.


  • It was first discovered as a natural constituent of opium in small concentrations ranging from 0 .3% to 3.0%.

  • It’s the most used opiate in the world and most likely the most common drug overall.

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