What are opiates? Opiates, also known as narcotics, are a group of drugs which are used medically to relieve moderate to severe pain, but also have a potential for abuse. Some opiates come from a resin taken from the seed pod of the Asian poppy. This group of drugs includes opium, morphine, heroin, and codeine. Narcotic are drugs of certain legal status and in general are considered Schedule II drugs.
Opium appears as dark brown chunks or as a powder and is usually smoked or eaten. Heroin can be a white or brownish powder which is usually dissolved in water and then injected. Most street preparations of heroin are diluted, or cut, with other substances such as sugar or quinine. Other opiates come in a variety of forms including capsules, tablets, syrups, solutions and suppositories.
Opiates are habit -forming drugs that dull the senses, relieve pain and induce sleep. They tend to relax the user. Some other initial and unpleasant effects include restlessness, nausea and vomiting. Sometimes when taking to much of the medication it can cause the person to have very labored breathing. Opiates can launch a wave of intense pleasure followed by a a few hours of feeling of peace as the high. As for the low of the drug it can trigger a number of unpleasant effects and sometimes can be deadly.
Some side effects for opiates are vomitting, cloudy thinking, coma slowed motor skills, constipation, dilated pupils, unconsciousness, drowsiness and depression of respiration. Here is also a list of withdrawal symptoms are uneasiness, yawning, crying, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, goose bumps, runny nose, tremors and weight loss. These withdrawal symptoms can begin within 24 hours of taking the last dose and may last up to 7-10 days.
Some Schedule II drugs are morephine,