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Understanding Opiates Vs Opioids

People use the terms interchangeably. However, chemically, there’s a difference when talking about opiates vs opioids. What are these drugs? How do they affect you? Opiates vs Opioids Natural derivatives from the poppy plant are opiates. They include opium, codeine, and morphine. They’re narcotics that have pain-reducing properties. In contrast, opioids are manmade narcotics. They…

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Common Street Names for Prescription Painkillers

Of the 63,600 drug overdose deaths reported in 2016, 42,249 were attributed to opioids. The effects on the brain of the two most commonly prescribed prescription opioids (hydrocodone and oxycodone) are virtually indistinguishable from those of heroin. The addictive nature of prescription opioids is partially responsible for the current prescription drug crisis and the huge underground market…