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Opioids & Opiates

What Are Opiates?

Opiates are natural alkaloid compounds found in the opium poppy plant. The primary psychoactive compounds found in the plant includes morphine, codeine, and thebaine. People use this type of drug for both recreational and medicinal purposes. There are opiates that come from the natural opium plant, while some manufacture opiates to have the same chemical structure as the natural ones. Opiates include a wide range from prescription painkillers such as fentanyl and morphine, to illegal drugs like heroin. However, all opiates have the ability to depress and slow down the central nervous system, regardless of their manufacturing process.

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What are Opioids?

Opioids include all drugs with morphine-like effects, and they are usually a medication that relieves pain. These could be all opiates, semi-synthetic opioids derived from opiates such as heroin, hydrocodoneoxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone, as well as synthetic opioids which are not derived from opiates such as fentanyl, methadone, and buprenorphine. Heroin is the most common of the semi-synthetic opioids derived from the morphine

Opioids and opiates are considered drugs of high potential for abuse and are listed on various Substance-Control Schedules.

List of Opioids and Opiates

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