Opiates are a form of narcotic drug that act as depressants in the body, particularly in the central nervous system. The most commonly identified opiates include heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Methods of taking opiates vary based on the drug and for how the person expects to feel when using the drug.
The most commonly used methods of taking opiates include orally, intranasally (snorting), subcutaneously (under the skin), intravenously (into the veins), smoked or inhaled, and sometimes even eaten. There are popular methods for each of the drugs included in the opiate list. For example, a user wanting to take heroin could use to snort, inject, or smoke it. Injection is the most popular and delivers the biggest bang for one’s buck whereas snorting the drug would not have the same effects if it was the same amount and of the same caliber or potency.
The method of taking opiates for which a person chooses to consume the opiate is almost always a personal one. This is done so that the user can feel what is expected and with the least amount of negative side effects. For some drugs, however, there is only one way to deliver its effects, and the person may develop an addiction and care very little about the adverse effects of that method. Some methods of opiate use, if different from what a person is used to, can lead to an overdose. Symptoms of an overdose include: bloody urine, fever, hives, seizure, trouble breathing, flushed skin, and/or swollen lip, face, tongue, or throat.
No matter which methods of taking opiates are performed by any person, the effects of opiate abuse are equally damaging. This damage happens not only physically to the person’s body, but also socially, emotionally, and mentally. Using opiates in an abusive way leads to serious life altering damage.
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