Cut Through The Confusion: What Is An Opiate and Why Can’t a Person Quit On Their Own?

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An opiate is a drug derived directly from the opium the opium poppy. There are only three true opiates in common use: the alkaloids known as morphine, codeine and opium. All three of these are naturally present in the latex, or sap, of the mature opium poppy flower pod. Opium also contains many other alkaloids. Some have narcotic properties. Many don’t. Opiates and Opioids The terms opiate and opioid are often used interchangeably. However, there is a technical difference between the two. An opiate is a substance naturally present in the opium poppy. It is simply extracted and purified from […]