The Return of Fate
Opioids are derivative narcotics of the morpheus plant and were once commonly used in medicine to treat patients whose pain was so great and un-treatable that a lifetime of addiction was preferable to the pain they suffered. Its effects are varied, some experience euphoria, elation, pain relief to numbness, and calm while others tend towards madness and catatonia. The positive effects were never considered great enough to justify the potential harm towards individuals and the populace.
In an account from Monte Shimollian, the famous Edwardian navigator, after bingeing on Opioids he described sailing into otherwise undiscovered seas whose constellations and geography were completely new to him. He ventured into this region and encountered a variety of strange tribes of people and animals that have never been accounted for since. He is generally regarded as preternaturally brilliant for his ability to circumnavigate the South Seas and the Cape of Grey Smoke, but his account of the Strange Land is considered a farce or a dream hallucination by many historians.
In modern times, Opioids are heavily regulated and considered illegal to distribute from any non-medical sources. As can be imagined, they have extensive distribution on the black market from platforms such as The Dark Net and through the usual underground shipping, manufacturing, and transportation criminal networks. Opioid consumption as a recreational drug has increased in popularity over the last few decades in the States, reaching almost epidemic proportions.