What are opiates?

What is an opiate?

asked 25 Feb '12, 16:12

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Opiates share common derivatives found in the opium plant. Common opiates include oxycodone, heroin, morphine, codeine, and hydrocodone.

Opiates are used in medicine for pain relief. Because their side effects include euphoria, feelings of well-being, and enhanced self-image, they are frequently abused. They are especially seductive to individuals with poor self-esteem.


answered 27 Feb '12, 18:49

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Apart from raw opium poppy resin, rarely seen in Western countries, the most common Opiates of abuse are semi- or completely synthetic, including:

  • heroin (diacetylmorphine)
  • morphine sulphate (Duramorph, MS Contin, Roxanol)
  • meperidine (Demerol)
  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • oxymorphone (Numorphan)
  • oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan)
  • hydrocodone (Hycodan, Vicodin)
  • methadone
  • codeine

answered 27 Feb '12, 20:07

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Opiates derive from constituents found in the opium poppy. Morphine and codeine, traditional painkillers in medicine, are major active opiates found in processed opium sap. Semi-synthetic opioids, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, are derived from morphine and codeine compounds, and have become increasingly popular over the last decade.


answered 14 Aug '12, 17:59

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