Frequently Asked Questions About Opiates

What Are They?

Opiate is a term classically used in pharmacology to mean a drug derived from opiumOpioid, a more modern term, is used to designate all substances, both natural and synthetic, that bind to opioid receptors in the brain (including antagonists).


Opiates are alkaloid compounds naturally found in the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum. The psychoactive compounds found in the opium plant can include morphinecodeine, and thebaine.

It is these compounds which can enhance, slow down, or alter brain activity. When prescribed, opiates are generally used for treating pain.

Common Names

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

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

  • Liver disease

  • Drug additives that clog veins

  • Death of cells in vital organs

  • Increased risk of overdose

  • Potential for heart attack

  • Potential for lethal seizures

  • Physical dependence

  • Rebound effect

  • 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

Please Note

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

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