Opiates are a category of drugs—both legal and illegal—derived from opium poppies. Some commonly prescribed opiates include Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine and Codeine. Heroin is also an opiate, but unlike painkillers, it is an illegal drug. Opiates effect how the brain interprets pain. The amount of endorphins—the body’s natural way of reducing pain and the […]
How opiate addiction affects an individual’s mental health.
How Culture Influences Opiate Abuse
Opium is one of the most powerful and addictive substances available on the market today. Historically, it has been used for medicinal and illicit purposes for centuries. In modern prescription medicine, it is the most popular ingredient in medications designed for the alleviation of chronic pain. When it comes to recreational drug use, drugs like […]
When Does Opiate Use Become an Abuse Problem?
Opiates are derived from narcotic alkaloids found in the opium poppy plant. Opiates work by decreasing the perception of pain, changing the reaction to pain and increasing tolerance to pain. Opiate addiction often happens without notice because of how quickly dependence and tolerance can occur. If a patient does not follow the prescription precisely, addiction […]
Opiate Addiction in the Workplace
Opiate addiction is a powerful issue that can overtake a person’s life. Behaviors and attitudes change so that once-reliable individuals become irresponsible or untrustworthy. These changes affect the workplace, and addiction can impact coworkers and productivity. The American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) reports the following statistics about drugs in the workplace: 70 percent of […]
Opiate Addiction and Mental Health Issues
Opiates are drugs that come from the opium poppy plant. They are very effective at treating pain and are found in many different types of painkillers, such as the following: Morphine Thebaine Codeine (more…)