Consumer Chemistry: Opiates

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Ages: 12-18
Cost: $150 ($38 deposit)
Schedule: Tue, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25 and 5/2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Lauren Monroe

Opiates are in a chemical class called alkaloids, compounds with strong psychoactive effects on the human body. Opiates, found naturally in the opium poppy plant, help block pain and increase feelings of well being. Some examples are: morphine, coedine and thebaine, Opioids are synthetic drugs that mimic morphine effects, Examples include heroin and oxycodone. This workshop will discuss the sources and chemical properties of opiates and opioids, why opioid use has risen in the last decade, and what preventative and rehabilitative measures are being made to aid the great danger of addiction. Students will learn a history of the acquisition and creation of pain relieving medicines and run a lab that mimics chemical synthesis. This opiates series will include one free public lecture with Dr. Matilde Castiel of UMASS Memorial on Thursday, 4/27, from 5-7pm. RSVP for this free event HERE.