That really all depends on the poppies. A true Opium poppy produces a number of compounds some of them completely benign. The main opiate, however is morphine. When you take Codeine it undergoes rapid first pass metabolism by the Liver to produce morphine anyway. (wiki)
Commercial opium plantations like we have in Tasmania use a variety 'opium' poppy that yields an opiate called Thebaine (used in anti diarrhea pills) which is then in turn used to synthesize Codeine, Morphine and a variety of other opiates (some referred to as semi-synthetic) in secure facilities.
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