Why Opiates Are Getting So Many People Addicted

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“Opiate” and “opioid” are terms that people often use interchangeably, but each has a unique meaning and usage. Originally, “opioid” was the name of the synthetically created substance designed to imitate opium. Today, the word describes an entire subclass of drugs that are related to opium, whether they have derived from the drug or are meant to simulate its effects. “Opiate” is a reference to a natural drug, not a synthetic one, that is harvested from an opium poppy. Regardless of whether these kinds of drugs are administered in synthetic or natural form, the side effects can be serious. There’s […]