Frequently Asked Questions About Opiates
What Are They?
Opiate is a term classically used in pharmacology to mean a drug derived from opium. Opioid, a more modern term, is used to designate all substances, both natural and synthetic, that bind to opioid receptors in the brain (including antagonists).
It is these compounds which can enhance, slow down, or alter brain activity. When prescribed, opiates are generally used for treating pain.
There are a wide variety of prescription brands and street names for opiates, these can include: Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Mebaral, Xanax and Valium, Nembutal, Codeine, OxyContin, Heroin, Percocet, Vicodin
Side effects can vary depending on the kind of opiate used, the amount, and an individuals own constitution. However, chronic use or abuse of opioids in general can result in physical dependence and addiction.
Some effects can include:
Infection of the heart lining and veins
Drug additives that clog veins
Death of cells in vital organs
Increased risk of overdose
Potential for heart attack
Potential for lethal seizures
Paranoid and suicidal thoughts
Most addicts require rehabilitation, and in some cases aftercare when they finish rehab. Treatment can consist of going to a hospital or rehab center for therapy and other treatments while living at home and resuming normal daily activities. Outpatient treatment can help you readjust to daily life and support you in your life goals, including staying sober.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing addiction or dependency please contact a medical professional
All drugs including opiates will affect each person differently depending on the persons characteristics (such as physical size, gender, mood, diet, fitness, age, expectations and health), the drug itself (such as the amount used and its purity), and how it is taken and the environment a person is in when using the drug