1821 CE
Confessions of an English Opium-eater is published

Confessions of an English Opium-eater, an autobiography by Thomas De Quincey about opium addiction, is published. This lead to the effects of opium becoming a topic of discussion in Britain. It was the first time opium addiction was discussed in a book in which opium was the sole emphasis of the book (rather than the author). During his lifetime, De Quincey wrote extensively about his addiction to opium and the effects (both positive and negative) it had on him.

Source: Martin, B. (1996). Opium: A History.

Drugs: Opium (morphine, heroin, opioids)
Regions: UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)