What is an Opiate?
Opiates are naturally derived from the active ingredients in the opium poppy plant. All opiates fall under the category of opioids since the accepted definition of opioids is now any drug that reacts on the opioid receptors of the brain. Like other opioids, opiates have a high potential for abuse and dependency. Users will build a tolerance to the drug and will need to take larger does in order to achieve the desired effects and to mitigate the common withdrawal symptoms associated with cessation.
Opiates come in a variety of forms and can be, taken orally, absorbed through the skin, inhaled, insufflated, and injected both intravenously and intramuscularly.
The effects of opiates are similar to that of other opioids. The effects vary in strength and duration depending on the size of dose frequency of use and other pyshcial factors of the user. When injected or taken intravenously onset effects take place almost immediately as posed to digesting it or inhaling it. Opiates will produce a pain reliving euphoric effect which leads to severe psychological and psychical dependence and addiction. More serious health effects and death can be associated with prolong use of opioids if not taken properly under medical supervision.
- Noticeable elation/euphoria.
- Marked sedation/drowsiness.
- Constricted pupils.
- Slowed breathing.
- Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness.
Opiates, or most opioids, are Schedule II or Schedule III substances under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act however, Heroin, a synthetic opioid is a Scheduled I substance.