|Bowl of Noodles|
The noodle vendor said he bought 2 kilograms of the powder for 600 yuan (about $98 USD) a few months prior. He added it to boost business and make his food more appetizing.
Police found out about the opium noodles when a 26-year-old driver was pulled over and tested positive for drugs after consuming a bowl of noodles. The driver was jailed for 15 days for drug abuse. He wasn’t released until his family told police they also ate the same noodles and tested positive for opium.
It’s unlikely anyone would become a drug addict from eating the drugged noodles, even if they had eaten them for a long time. There have actually been many cases in China of restaurant owners adding opium to food over the past few years.
Eating a few laced noodles probably won’t turn you into an opium addict, but ingesting it with the purpose of getting high will. When people use opium, they run the risk of death, overdose, obsession for getting more opium, paranoia, depression, and anxiety.
Heroin is also manufactured from the opium poppy plant and has been synthesized to replace the historic opium pipe in many countries. Heroin is stronger and easier to illegally transport between countries. 100 years ago, opium was very popular, but heroin has replaced the demand for the less potent form in many western countries. Over 70% of opium comes from Afghanistan, which is mostly turned into heroin.
If you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse, now is the time to get help. Entering into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is the best thing you can do to free yourself from addiction. Anyone can become sober with the right tools, support, and education. Rehabs are a wonderful place to help get your life straightened out, and learn to live a new happy life free from drugs and alcohol.