The U.S. is in middle of an ongoing opioid abuse and addiction epidemic. Families, individuals and entire communities everywhere are being affected by widespread misuse of and dependence on opioids and opiates, whether it is prescription medication or illicit substances like heroin. Opiate and opioid painkiller medications, whether prescribed legally by a doctor or purchased through illicit means, carry a huge potential for abuse, dependence and addiction.
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Opiate or opioid addiction is the compulsive and uncontrollable misuse of specific painkillers despite the negative consequences of repeated abuse. Prolonged and repeated use of the drugs change brain functions so that your brain functions “normally” when the drug is present in the system, and abnormally when the drug is removed. This alteration in brain activity is the reason why many opiate addicts use the drug in order to feel “normal,” and is the same reason why tolerance to the drug builds up over time. Those who reach this level of opioid dependence usually cannot remember the last time their use of the drug created euphoria for them or was enjoyable, resulting in an addictive cycle that becomes its own form of torture.
The risks of opiate addiction include negative societal consequences, overdose or death, long-term health problems and more. As with other drug addictions, opiate addiction is treatable and long-term recovery is very possible.
About Opioids & Opiates
Opioid is a general term to classify natural and synthetic drugs, primarily used as prescription painkillers, that are derived from the poppy plant. An opiate is a further classification of this type of drug pertaining to just naturally derived opium poppy products. Here’s a good example. Heroin, due to it coming directly from the poppy plant, is described as an opiate, whereas Fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller, is considered an opioid due to the presence of synthetic compounds in its composition.
Opiates and opioids includes names you will recognize, like:
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Fentanyl (Sublimaze, Actiq)
- Isotonitazene (or Iso)
These drugs are often abused in conjunction with cocaine or other drugs, achieving a different reaction or high than when used on their own.
Both opiates and opioids carry a huge risk of abuse, dependence, addiction, overdose, death or chronic health problems. Opiates and opioids are both heavily prescribed for pain management in the USA, however research as shown that long-term opioid use for chronic pain is ineffective.