Which Opiates Are Most Addictive?
The United States is undoubtedly facing a serious and very deadly epidemic in the form of opioid addictions. Opioids, also commonly referred to as opiates, are a type of drugs that can be prescription or illicit.
Opiates include heroin as well as prescription narcotic painkillers like morphine. These drugs work by impacting the reward center of the brain, which is how your body naturally controls pleasure and associated feelings. When you take opiates, the result is that it replicates your body’s natural feel-good mechanisms, but amplifies them. In very high doses opioids tend to slow some of the central functions of the body, including slowing down the respiratory system.
This is what happens when someone overdoses on opiates—their brain starts to shut off the necessary functions of the body, and in severe cases, the person goes into a coma and in unfortunately too many cases, dies.
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