At one point in time the term narcotic was used to classify a variety of substances that were used to relieve pain and dull the senses. Nowadays some people use the term narcotic when referring to drugs in general but in actuality opioids are the only drugs classified as narcotics. Opioids include opium, opium derivatives and their semi-synthetic substitutes. Opioids are derived from the seed pod of a flowering plant called the opium poppy (papaver somniferum). All the natural opioids such as morphine and codeine come from the opium poppy. Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and methadone are man-made in a laboratory. There is also a category of semi-synthetic opioids that are synthesized from naturally occurring opium products and include heroin, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Most opioids are only available through prescription and come in many different forms such as tablets, capsules, skin patches, powders, liquids, syrups and lollipops. They are usually abused in one of the following ways; ingested, smoked, sniffed or injected. Opioid abuse causes both a psychological and physical dependence. Relapse is common if there are not significant changes to the individual’s physical environment or the behavioral patterns that caused them to abuse in the first place.
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