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[[File:SC148244.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Figure 1. Ceramics, such as this from Cyprus, have been found to contain opium.]]__NOTOC__
We think of recreational drugs as being a phenomenon that has emerged relatively recently. However, the use of drugs, other than medicinal purposes, has existed from antiquity. The purpose was sometimes not only for enjoyment but also integrated with religious practice. The
mix of many pleasures with drug use has also been a consistent pattern across time.
====Early Use of Recreational Drugs====