Opiate addiction has been a universal epidemic not only in the United States but across the globe. Opium is derived from a plant commonly known as the Poppy. The highly addictive substance, manufactured as a painkiller initially generates a comfort like feel. However prolonged use of the drug may and usually does, result in addiction. The botanical name for it is Papaver Somniferem, which means “sleep-bringing Poppy”. Author L. Frank Baum illustrates the affect of this plant in the novel and classic film Wizard of Oz in a scene, which Dorothy falls to rest in a Poppy field. The mind and body numbing affect creates an instant relief to the inducer.

The drug is prescribed in many forms as a better quality of life for those who suffer physical illnesses. The clinical term for synthetic opiates is Opioid.

Common prescriptions containing opioids include:

  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Fentynal

Common symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Psychosis like thoughts
  • Flu-like symptoms

Abuse of this drug can be administered via orally, crushing and snorting, in some cases smoking and despite the risk, intravenously (“shooting”). The narcotic is not only obtainable by medical subscription; unfortunately it generally makes it from the pharmacy to the street. Opiates are also in the form of the street drug familiarized as Heroin. Common terms or slang for Heroin are dope, black, tar, smack and junk, all self-explanatory descriptors of the drug. Like most illegally manufactured drugs the buyer really doesn’t know what is entirely in the makeup of the product. Fortunately the war on drugs is becoming a fierce battle. However due to increased difficulty of illegal manufacturing of the drug the quality of the product is resulting in increased deaths.

Depending on length and dose, opiate withdrawals are physically and mentally uncomfortable. Because of the mental and physical dependency, the detox experience affects the whole addict.

The period in which detoxing from opiates can span anywhere from 3-14 days depending on the individual. It is not recommended to detox from opiates alone finding support through a trained facility can result in great success.

To get a clear idea of the increasing drug related deaths is examined by the Office of Applied Studies (SAMHSA https://dawninfo.samhsa.gov/ ). This report reflects a mere one-third of the United States population and does not include other countries. It also covers such circumstantial deaths resulting from drug related homicides. Coast-to-Coast opiate addiction affects a wide range of men, women, from adolescents to adults. The worst-case scenario of opiate addiction is mortality there is help, by reaching out. Whether you’re the hopeless addict, the desperate family, or the concerned friend there are ways to conquer the addiction of opiates. Drug rehabilitation centers offer detox and recovery.