Opiates are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they’re easy to get hold of, readily prescribed, and very addictive–a dangerous combination.

Opiates include numerous substances such as heroin, morphine, and thebaine, but they all have the same method of action. These highly addictive substances are called opiates because they are derived from chemicals found in the sap of the opium poppy – one of the biggest moneymakers in the Afghan mountains. Prescription opioids, which have essentially the same mechanism of action as natural opiates, include drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl.

Opiates are extremely useful in the management of pain and for cough suppression in the case of severe lung conditions, but they do have a dark side. They are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they’re easy to get hold of, readily prescribed, and very addictive–a dangerous combination.

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