Opiate

An opiate is a natural and synthetic narcotic analgesic that depresses the central nervous system. Collectively, natural and synthetic opiates are called opioids. Opioids are derived from opium which comes from the poppy plant. Opioids provide pain relief as well as extreme euphoria, if abused. The most common prescribed opioids are:

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Methadone

But, the most abused opioid is the illegal narcotic is heroin.

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