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Many users see opium as a recreational drug, however it's very addictive. Opium is derived from the poppy plant and is often used in a variety of other drugs known as opiates which can easily be tested for at home or at a business. When opium is smoked, the drug causes a short term high which includes relaxation, pain relief, reduced anxiety, impaired alertness and coordination. These effects usually wear off in around 3 to 4 hours. Someone using opium for long periods of time may not feel as relaxed when the drug is first used. As the addiction starts to kick in the user may experience heightened anxiety weight loss or mental deterioration. What's more, overdoses of opium can be fatal.

Pure opium can quickly lead to a physical dependency on the drug, in other words an addiction. A user’s overall perception of everyday life can change and not for the better. If you're worried about someone you know or love on this drug, there are addiction symptoms and signs to look out for like:-              

  • Mood swings
  • Agitation or irritability especially when the drug is not being used
  • Lack of pleasure and happiness when sober 
  • Depression 
  • Loss of memory 
  • Social isolation that can happen when under the influence of opium 
  • Avoiding activities 
  • Financial problems

...people even have opium relapses after being off the drug for years

Tolerance is one of the strongest signs of drug addiction. An addict will need higher doses to feel the same effects. This is a dangerous situation. A user is putting themselves at the risk of an overdose each time they smoke or use opium. After abusing opium for a while a user often loses interested in taking care of themselves. The drug will soon become the be all and end all of their lives, nothing else will seem to matter. If you have suspicions that someone is on opium abuser, he or she may be:-

  • Neglecting their personal hygiene
  • Not eating properly
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Making excuses for not going anywhere or doing anything
  • Depression can be a major health issue for opium addicts as well as a physical decline.

Cravings for the drug will follow often causing a person to do something reckless in order to obtain their opium fix. When off the drug, individuals might feel anxious, upset and irrational. Some people even have opium relapses after being off the drug for years because of their cravings. Opium can also cause loss of control especially when taken in high doses every day. This type of addiction may also affect different factors in someone's life for instance -

a) Family problems

b) Relationship breakups

c) Being fired from work

d) Debt issues

The Opium Test at Home:-

Most drug tests for opium will also test for other opiates. These tests are most often carried out via a urine or saliva test, especially if using a home test. Many opium users realize how bad the drug is and the problems it can cause, but can’t stop. Don’t delay in buying a home drug testing kit if you think someone is taking opium. The kit will be shipped to your home in discreet packaging for privacy. Tests are simple to carry out and the results easy to read.


Opium is used to make derivatives of the drug called opiates and opioid pain relievers. Overdose numbers continue to rise and the epidemic is spreading phenomenally.  As prescription drugs become harder to get, more people in middle class towns and suburban areas are resorting to buying the less expensive and easier to obtain drugs to relieve pain and feed their addictions. Drug testing for opium and its relatives is important to many employers these days and is practiced worldwide. If you or a loved one are affected by drugs or you need information on drug testing or what support is out there, check out these resources and links.

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

Drug Enforcement Association: www.dea.gov

America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse: www.drugabuse.gov