Opium (poppy tears, wi the scienteefic name: Lachryma papaveris) is the dried latex obtained frae the opium poppy (scienteefic name: Papaver somniferum). Opium latex contains approximately 12 percent o the analgesic alkaloidmorphine, which is processed chemically tae produce heroin an ither seenthetic opioids for medicinal uise an for the illegal drog trade. The latex an aa conteens the closely related opiatescodeine an thebaine, an non-analgesic alkaloids such as papaverine an noscapine. The tradeetional, labour-intensive method o obtainin the latex is tae scratch ("score") the immatur seed pods (fruits) bi haund; the latex leaks oot an dries tae a sticky yellaeish residue that is later scraped off an dehydratit. The wird "meconium" (derived frae the Greek for "opium-lik", but nou uised tae refer tae infant stuils) historically referred tae relatit, weaker preparations made frae ither pairts o the opium poppy or different species o poppies.