What Is an Opioid, and Are They Always Dangerous?

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Opioids are drugs, both natural and synthetic, derived from the opium poppy, or Papaver somniferum. They are dangerous if they are taken without the supervision of a health professional. All opioids are either controlled substances or are illegal in the United States. Opioids are powerful pain killers and have been used by humans to ease the pain for centuries. They’re also used as cough suppressants and to treat diarrhea and insomnia. They are also used illegally because of the powerful high and sense of well-being many deliver. They are dangerous because a user can overdose on them or become dependent […]