What is an Opiate?

An opiate is a drug created directly from opium.  Also, Opium contains chemical compounds.


What is an Opioid?

Opioids can be drugs that derived from opiates or are chemically related to opiates or opium. Examples of opiates include morphine and codeine.

Examples of opioids include some prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Because, most people now use the term opioid for both natural (opiate) or synthetic (or semi-synthetic) substances that act at one of the three main opioid receptor systems (mu, kappa, delta).


What Is Opioid Dependence?

When repeated opioid use is needed or use continues in spite of negative effects, an individual is considered opioid-dependent. For example, opioid-dependent users feel a need to keep using even if it hurts their health, job, finances, or family.


Characteristics of Opiate Addiction:

  • Opioid tolerance (the need to take more to get the same effect or getting less effect from the same amount)
  • Withdrawal symptoms from not using opioids
  • Taking larger amounts of opioids than planned and for longer periods of time
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to quit
  • Spending a lot of time and effort to obtain, use, and recover from opioid use
  • Furthermore, Giving up or reducing social or recreational activities; missing work
  • Continued opioid use regardless of negative consequences

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