What Are Opiates/Opioids?

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As the terms ‘opiate’ and ‘opioid’ are being used more and more, knowing about the drugs behind the epidemic that’s sweeping the nation is important. Whether we know someone who has personally become addicted to these drugs or have seen advertisements discussing the need for treatment, everyone has heard of them but not everyone knows what they are.

These are some seriously addictive drugs and while sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, they’re actually different.

The term ‘opioid’ is one that originally was used to describe the synthetic substance that has similar effects to opium. Currently, we see this term being used to depict a full class of substances that are used to mimic or made from opium.

Comparably speaking, ‘opiate’ is a term that describes the natural drug made out of the opium poppy plant.

Regardless of whether a person is using the natural or synthetic form of these drugs, they are incredibly addictive and thus, causing the opiate/opioid epidemic that is running rampant throughout the U.S.

What Are Opiates/Opioids?

new-opioid

As the terms ‘opiate’ and ‘opioid’ are being used more and more, knowing about the drugs behind the epidemic that’s sweeping the nation is important. Whether we know someone who has personally become addicted to these drugs or have seen advertisements discussing the need for treatment, everyone has heard of them but not everyone knows what they are.

These are some seriously addictive drugs and while sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, they’re actually different.

The term ‘opioid’ is one that originally was used to describe the synthetic substance that has similar effects to opium. Currently, we see this term being used to depict a full class of substances that are used to mimic or made from opium.

Comparably speaking, ‘opiate’ is a term that describes the natural drug made out of the opium poppy plant.

Regardless of whether a person is using the natural or synthetic form of these drugs, they are incredibly addictive and thus, causing the opiate/opioid epidemic that is running rampant throughout the U.S.

Opiate Addiction

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Although doctors are prescribing these drugs for acute pain relief, using them for an extended period of time results in addiction to as well as abuse of the drugs. Some of the better-known opioids that are being prescribed and abused include hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and Dilaudid. The common street drug, heroin, is also an opioid.

The problem with these drugs is that they are the ones that are resulting in addiction and drug overdoses across the nation. In the United States alone, it is estimated that over 20,000 deaths occurred as a result of prescription painkiller overdoses and nearly 13,000 deaths happened as a result of heroin use in 2015.

One of the biggest issues associated with opiate addiction? There is no cure.

Recovering from opiates is a possibility but the road to recovery includes detox and withdrawing from these drugs is a process. To get off opiates, it is usually necessary to use other drugs that will assist in stabilizing and maintaining the body as it goes through withdrawal.

Gaining an understanding of what these substances are used for is a part of understanding why they’re so addictive.

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Opiate Addiction

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We are dealing with a national problem, that we can only solve together

Although doctors are prescribing these drugs for acute pain relief, using them for an extended period of time results in addiction to as well as abuse of the drugs. Some of the better-known opioids that are being prescribed and abused include hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and Dilaudid. The common street drug, heroin, is also an opioid.

The problem with these drugs is that they are the ones that are resulting in addiction and drug overdoses across the nation. In the United States alone, it is estimated that over 20,000 deaths occurred as a result of prescription painkiller overdoses and nearly 13,000 deaths happened as a result of heroin use in 2015.

One of the biggest issues associated with opiate addiction? There is no cure.

Recovering from opiates is a possibility but the road to recovery includes detox and withdrawing from these drugs is a process. To get off opiates, it is usually necessary to use other drugs that will assist in stabilizing and maintaining the body as it goes through withdrawal.

Gaining an understanding of what these substances are used for is a part of understanding why they’re so addictive.

Why Do These Drugs Exist?

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Doctors prescribe these drugs as a form of treatment for pain. With this said, they’re easy to get addicted to. While the extraction of numerous active substances from opium has been a common medical practice for quite some time, they’re still capable of ruining a person’s life as a result of the addictive characteristics of these drugs.

Regardless of whether a doctor prescribes opiates or a person starts using them recreationally, these substances are addictive. Even if you use the prescription as intended, using opiates has the very real possibility to get a person addicted to them.

Long Term Impact Of Opiate Use

The majority of the time, the impacts people discuss relating to the effect these drugs have on the body are not gone over in their entirety; most of the information given shows the short-term impacts. This information will typically highlight that ingesting opiates can result in sedation, delayed reactions, diarrhea, and vomiting.

With that being said, the long-term symptoms are not usually shown, including:

  • Serious respiratory depression
  • Cumulative hypoxic end-organ injury
  • Medical issues such as localized abscesses, systemic infection, contraction of blood-borne illnesses, and embolic events
  • Weakened immune system functioning
  • Gastric problems that can include but are not limited to constipation, intestinal ileus, and bowel perforation

As this epidemic continues to occur throughout the nation, the best effort we can put forth is one that is focused on combating and preventing opioid addiction by promoting an informed America.

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Long Term Impact Of Opiate Use

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The majority of the time, the impacts people discuss relating to the effect these drugs have on the body are not gone over in their entirety; most of the information given shows the short-term impacts. This information will typically highlight that ingesting opiates can result in sedation, delayed reactions, diarrhea, and vomiting.

With that being said, the long-term symptoms are not usually shown, including:

  • Serious respiratory depression
  • Cumulative hypoxic end-organ injury
  • Medical issues such as localized abscesses, systemic infection, contraction of blood-borne illnesses, and embolic events
  • Weakened immune system functioning
  • Gastric problems that can include but are not limited to constipation, intestinal ileus, and bowel perforation

As this epidemic continues to occur throughout the nation, the best effort we can put forth is one that is focused on combating and preventing opioid addiction by promoting an informed America.

Objectives

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1. Excellent management that has a mastery of choosing the right program and the right service at the right time with a mastery of knowing what their total objective is and how to keep gaining a greater share of that objective.

2. Providing an excellent program or service that is not only well accepted now but also whose acceptance and use will continue to grow at an accelerated rate into the future.

3. Employing the most experienced and capable staff.

We will perform the in-depth studies and research needed to identify the best treatment options offering evidenced-based practices and high success rates in helping people overcome their addiction to opiates. Our purpose is to educate the public on preventing and treating opioid addiction.

We are advocates for everyone affected by opioid addiction. This is how Opioid Awareness Foundation distinguishes itself.

Objectives

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1. Excellent management that has a mastery of choosing the right program and the right service at the right time with a mastery of knowing what their total objective is and how to keep gaining a greater share of that objective.

2. Providing an excellent program or service that is not only well accepted now but also whose acceptance and use will continue to grow at an accelerated rate into the future.

3. Employing the most experienced and capable staff.

We will perform the in-depth studies and research needed to identify the best treatment options offering evidenced-based practices and high success rates in helping people overcome their addiction to opiates. Our purpose is to educate the public on preventing and treating opioid addiction.

We are advocates for everyone affected by opioid addiction. This is how Opioid Awareness Foundation distinguishes itself.

Why We Exist

What makes Opioid Awareness Foundation different and special is that Opioid Awareness Foundation will bring awareness to America through all the various media platforms on a national level.  Our organization is geared up and ready to combat the opioid addiction sweeping our country.

Opioid Awareness Foundation aims to understand each reason why a participant uses a program or service.

Opioid Awareness Foundation not only seeks to become experts on why individuals participate but also what makes them participate now. It strives to target that segment of the object that is in the ideal position to need its service, qualify for its service, and be able to act on participating in its service immediately.

Opioid Awareness Foundation has done an exhaustive study of the state of its opportunity. Its opportunity has important needs in the United States. It presents an ever-increasing demand, great potential for support, and excellent opportunities for growth.

The outside world demands a service that can perform the in-depth studies and research needed to identify the best treatment programs offering evidenced-based practices and high success rates in helping people overcome their addiction to opiates. Opioid Awareness Foundation has all this to offer and its management team will keep its finger on the pulse of the needs of the communities in which it serves.

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Why We Exist

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What makes Opioid Awareness Foundation different and special is that Opioid Awareness Foundation will bring awareness to America through all the various media platforms on a national level.  Our organization is geared up and ready to combat the opioid addiction sweeping our country.

Opioid Awareness Foundation aims to understand each reason why a participant uses a program or service.

Opioid Awareness Foundation not only seeks to become experts on why individuals participate but also what makes them participate now. It strives to target that segment of the object that is in the ideal position to need its service, qualify for its service, and be able to act on participating in its service immediately.

Opioid Awareness Foundation has done an exhaustive study of the state of its opportunity. Its opportunity has important needs in the United States. It presents an ever-increasing demand, great potential for support, and excellent opportunities for growth.

The outside world demands a service that can perform the in-depth studies and research needed to identify the best treatment programs offering evidenced-based practices and high success rates in helping people overcome their addiction to opiates. Opioid Awareness Foundation has all this to offer and its management team will keep its finger on the pulse of the needs of the communities in which it serves.

Why You Should Care

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Opiate abuse goes beyond addiction; each day, we’re losing over 115 Americans to opiate overdoses. The fact of the matter is that these drugs are a national public health crisis that has still not been resolved. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s believed that prescription opioid use is accounting for a total economic burden that costs us $78.5 billion annually.

This includes the amount of money we spend on things relating to opioid addiction, such as the lost productivity, criminal justice involvement, addiction treatment, and even the cost of healthcare. With the opiate abuse in America at an all-time high, it’s up to us to fight back and work on prevention.

Opioid Awareness Foundation has done an exhaustive study of the state of its opportunity. Its opportunity has important needs in the United States. It presents an ever-increasing demand, great potential for support, and excellent opportunities for growth.

The outside world demands a service that can perform the in-depth studies and research needed to identify the best treatment programs offering evidenced-based practices and high success rates in helping people overcome their addiction to opiates. Opioid Awareness Foundation has all this to offer and its management team will keep its finger on the pulse of the needs of the communities in which it serves.

Why You Should Care

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Opiate abuse goes beyond addiction; each day, we’re losing over 115 Americans to opiate overdoses. The fact of the matter is that these drugs are a national public health crisis that has still not been resolved. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s believed that prescription opioid use is accounting for a total economic burden that costs us $78.5 billion annually.

This includes the amount of money we spend on things relating to opioid addiction, such as the lost productivity, criminal justice involvement, addiction treatment, and even the cost of healthcare. With the opiate abuse in America at an all-time high, it’s up to us to fight back and work on prevention.

Opioid Awareness Foundation has done an exhaustive study of the state of its opportunity. Its opportunity has important needs in the United States. It presents an ever-increasing demand, great potential for support, and excellent opportunities for growth.

The outside world demands a service that can perform the in-depth studies and research needed to identify the best treatment programs offering evidenced-based practices and high success rates in helping people overcome their addiction to opiates. Opioid Awareness Foundation has all this to offer and its management team will keep its finger on the pulse of the needs of the communities in which it serves.

History

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With the beginning of America’s opiate abuse occurring following the Civil War, it’s not hard to see why this happened. There were almost 10 million opium pills given to soldiers in the Union Army alone. They also received 2.8 million ounces of opium tinctures and powders. By the end of the war, if a soldier was disabled and did not become addicted to opiates during the war, it was highly likely that a doctor would stick them with a hypodermic needle not long after.

At this point in time, there was even a tincture called Laudanum that was composed of alcohol and opium. It was especially popular amongst the society ladies of the era. People were also using opium-laced products to suppress their coughs and children plagued with diarrhea found relief from it as well. The issue with opiates is how addictive they are.

With the use of this powerful drug came abuse, making it necessary to call for the control of these drugs. This is how people like Wright came to start fighting against opioid abuse in America. One quote made by Wright truly captures the essence of what these drugs have been doing to this country. He is quoted saying the following:

“The habit has this nation in its grip to an astonishing extent. Our prisons and our hospitals are full of victims of it, it has robbed ten thousand businessmen of moral sense and made them beasts who prey upon their fellows … it has become one of the most fertile causes of unhappiness and sin in the United States.” With this statement, we see the true horrors that come with opiate addiction.

The unfortunate truth behind this quote is that the only thing that has changed since it escaped the lips of Wright is that it has gotten worse following it getting better.

DOCTORS

During the late 1800's, we were seeing a lot of morphine and opium powders being distributed and the addiction epidemic that resulted impacted around 1 in 200 Americans.

It was mostly upper-class or middle-class white women who were becoming addicted to these drugs because we're being given morphine to help with menstrual cramps, morning sickness, and even diseases of a nervous character. With this being commonplace, over 60 percent of the individuals addicted to opium during the late 1800's were women.

History

history-of-opioid-abuse

With the beginning of America’s opiate abuse occurring following the Civil War, it’s not hard to see why this happened. There were almost 10 million opium pills given to soldiers in the Union Army alone. They also received 2.8 million ounces of opium tinctures and powders. By the end of the war, if a soldier was disabled and did not become addicted to opiates during the war, it was highly likely that a doctor would stick them with a hypodermic needle not long after.

At this point in time, there was even a tincture called Laudanum that was composed of alcohol and opium. It was especially popular amongst the society ladies of the era. People were also using opium-laced products to suppress their coughs and children plagued with diarrhea found relief from it as well. The issue with opiates is how addictive they are.

With the use of this powerful drug came abuse, making it necessary to call for the control of these drugs. This is how people like Wright came to start fighting against opioid abuse in America. One quote made by Wright truly captures the essence of what these drugs have been doing to this country. He is quoted saying the following:

“The habit has this nation in its grip to an astonishing extent. Our prisons and our hospitals are full of victims of it, it has robbed ten thousand businessmen of moral sense and made them beasts who prey upon their fellows … it has become one of the most fertile causes of unhappiness and sin in the United States.” With this statement, we see the true horrors that come with opiate addiction.

The unfortunate truth behind this quote is that the only thing that has changed since it escaped the lips of Wright is that it has gotten worse following it getting better.

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DOCTORS

During the late 1800's, we were seeing a lot of morphine and opium powders being distributed and the addiction epidemic that resulted impacted around 1 in 200 Americans.

It was mostly upper-class or middle-class white women who were becoming addicted to these drugs because we're being given morphine to help with menstrual cramps, morning sickness, and even diseases of a nervous character. With this being commonplace, over 60 percent of the individuals addicted to opium during the late 1800's were women.

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