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Opiates are on the top five list of drugs most commonly tested for. The main use of opiates is for the treatment of pain. In their basic form, opiates are made from opium which is extracted from the poppy plant. This type of drug category is also considered to be close relative of:- 

  • Codeine 
  • Morphine 
  • Heroin

..individuals who are dealing with chronic pain are at particular risk...

Opiates usually provide a sense of wellbeing or euphoria that can be addictive to some people. Although legitimately used for treating pain some people develop a tolerance to the drugs so they find themselves in the position of needing to take more and more to get the same effect. An addict may do anything they can to get their hands on opiates. In many cases users carry out illegal activities or "double doctoring" in order to get their fix.

Unfortunately, individuals who are dealing with chronic pain are at particular risk of developing an addiction to opiate painkillers. In this type of situation, becoming too physically dependent on opiates may result in being a slave to the drug. They are highly addictive substances especially when taken over a long period of time. The most commonly prescribed drugs within the opiates range include:-

  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Pentazocine
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodene
  • Pethadine
  • Oxycodone
  • Co-codamol
  • Dihydrocodeine

In many cases people can have a mental compulsion to use opiates as well as psychological. While opiates can relieve pain and help to calm the mind, they can also cause physical changes to the body due to chronic use. Some people accidentally overdose trying to gain the euphoric effect, a sense of getting high, which can lead to death by cardiac or respiratory arrest. Opiates withdrawal symptoms may also be very uncomfortable. Withdrawal can take from a week to a month, depending on the individual.

There’s a wide range of emotional symptoms connected to opiates withdrawal like:- 

  • Low energy
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Goosebumps
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Teary eyes and runny nose 
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramps

If anyone you know has been involved in previous substance abuse then they are more likely to be a risk from opiate addiction. Of course, as with any type of drug abuse there are always symptoms to look out if you are concerned about a loved one. An opiates addict:- 

  1. May be neglecting their responsibilities, stop taking care of their appearance and personal hygiene 
  2. Tends to be defensive should anyone question their drug usage 
  3. May be using the drug for non-medical purposes even when they are not experiencing any pain. This can be a sign of a compulsion. 
  4. Can exhibit withdrawal symptoms if they are unable to get their supply of opiates.

The Opiates Test at Home:-

If you are worried about someone becoming addicted to opiates, buy a home test kit to test for opiates or other drugs. They are easy to use and can quickly test negative or positive for opiates. An opiate test is usually carried out on a sample of urine, hair or saliva. Order one today to help someone on the road to recovery.

Opiates (Codeine

Prescribed opiates, and pharmacy theft as is often portrayed, are the main cause for almost all overdose incidents caused by prescription pain medications. Many people obtain these drugs from a family member or friend. Americans consume 80% of the world’s painkillers. Opiate addiction is a major cause of addiction and suicide in the United States. If you or some you know and love is affected by opiate addiction there is help out there. For drug testing information and support, here are some resources.

National Helpline: Get Help: www.samhsa.gov Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: www.drugfree.org Helpline: 1855 DRUG FREE (1-855-378-4373)

National Institute on Drug Abuse: www.drugabuse.gov

Home Test for Opiates: www.hometests.com

Top 10 Opiate Addiction Facts: www.addictions.com

Treatment Locations: www.samhsa.gov