Opiate Drug Test
What Are Opiates?
The term opiate is often used interchangeably with opioid and narcotic. Opiate technically refers to drugs naturally derived from the poppy plant, while opioids are synthetic or semi-synthetic. Since opiates and opioids are structurally similar and have the same effects on the user, typically opiates are just referred to as opioids. Opioids are a class of narcotic drugs that include prescription pain relievers and heroin. Some of the most commonly used prescription pain relievers include hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Opiates and opioids do have pain-relieving benefits, but they’re also extremely addictive. These drugs cause a euphoric high in many people, triggering a reward response in the brain that then leads to the psychological disease of addiction. Even for people who are prescribed opioids as a way to manage pain, they may end up misusing them to the point their use becomes compulsive. For many people, the use of opioids is outside of their control. The addictive nature of opioids has given rise to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. It’s estimated that millions of people misuse these drugs each year.
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