Opiates and Opioids

Narcotics are derived from the liquid latex of poppy pods. Synthetic opioids, opiate analogs, have also been developed.

Morphine, codeine, heroin, Dilaudid, Vicodin, methadone, Fentanyl, Oxycontin.

Opiates release dopamine.

Beneficial effects: pain relief, euphoria, an extraordinary sense of well-being, narcotics calm, control and contain emotions.  Many people report the first time they use opiates they feel an intense “rush” that is like an orgasm.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers morphine to be one of the most essential medications.

The DEA classifies narcotics as Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 controlled substances and consider them to have high abuse potential and some accepted medical use.

*For more information about the risks and benefits of opiates, consult, Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy.

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