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NarcoticsOpiates What are Opiates Opiates are habit-forming drugs that dull the senses relieve pain and induce sleep Types of opiates include opium morphine codeine pethidine methadone and heroin These types of opiates are known as synthetic opiates because they are used in medicine as painkillers except for heroin and opium which are now illegal Opiates may be in the form of dark brown chunks or white or brownish powder Slang Heroin H junk smack Harry Morphine M cube morf mud Medical Uses Opiates are mainly used for short-term treatment of severe pain related to burns surgery trauma and other injuries Most commonly used as anesthesia they are also used to control cough and diarrhea Tolerance effect The use of opiates generates a physical dependence addiction and increased tolerance When this happens the user must take larger and larger doses to reach a high and eventually becomes dependent upon the drug A cross-tolerance may also occur where the user becomes tolerant to all opiates by using only one Physical psychological effects Addiction to opiates such as heroin can cause many dangerous physical and psychological effects Opiates have an immediate effect on your body after taking them These symptoms include vomiting dilated pupils drowsiness decreased awareness of surroundings and even unconsciousness It takes four hours for the effects to completely wear off With continued use the effect they have on your body becomes worse The user will notice a physical and psychological dependence to the drug along with skin abscesses and often a reduction in bowel movements Finally the person will develop infections in the lining of their heart and will die Nearly 3000 people die each year from the use of opiates and other related narcotics Methods of use Opiates such as Heroin can be injected using a needle snorted or smoked Injecting gives a stronger effect LawsPenalties Possession of any opiate is illegal without
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