What’s the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids?

Walking blindly on a path to destruction- a fork in the road appears. One road has a sign labeled “Natural” and the one adjacent reading “Synthetic.” Knowing where both paths take you- does it really matter which one you stumble down? Opiates and opioids are the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum of this situation playing innocent in their childish ways as you walk further into your wonderland of oblivion and despair.

Medications like opiates and opioids play an enormous role in our never ending quest for existence. The tiny little poppy seed derives out things in auto pilot when we getter tired of handling the controls. We think they make things easier, especially addicts and alcoholics, but chemicals can be ever so deceiving in this snake oil salesmen of the world we live in. For thousands of years, the human population got by without the use of pharmaceuticals. I’m certain there were tons of peoples that suffered from mental disorders or chronic pain and had to deal with but unfortunately, that was just life.

It is without question that some people require certain medications to get by and function in everyday life and there is nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, an unfathomable amount of our human population is wrongly prescribed unnecessary medications. A vast mainstream of the people I’m talking about are handed bottle after bottle of opiates and opioids and told that putting this mask on will help their problem. The rest of the population is copping dope off the streets. The resulting epidemic is catastrophic.

Pinocchio Pills    

Opiates and opioids are derived from the poppy seed, (as I’m sure most who are reading this are already aware of).

  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Opium

These are opiates- common street drugs that are birth products from the manufacturing of poppies in a mostly natural state. These versions of the drug are classified as illegal narcotics in most regions. This is the fine line between opiates and opioids.

Then you have the other lethal versions, or the little blood sucking pharmaceutical cousins mostly known as opioids. These forms of pain killers are a legal way for people to take mind numbing drugs without repercussions, but they are processed and distributed by the government in a way that gets heavily abused time and time again. A list of these synthetic versions of chemically processed poppies usually contains:

  • Methadone
  • Dilaudid
  • Percocet, Percodan, or Oxycodone
  • Demerol
  • Vicodin/Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl

A list of different DEA and FDA approved pills that mean nothing in the casual agreement penned between life and death.

opiate pills

The Troll Toll

The DEA has made several minor attempts throughout the years to try and contain the resulting epidemic from both opiates and opioids. It was recorded that the year of 2014 holds the record for the most overdose deaths in one year. Ironically it was a record year for less opiate/opioid prescriptions having been written. This is due in accordance with the CDC having dropped new laws with the guidelines for medical personnel prescribing opiates and opioids after the death toll started increasing dramatically in the later 2010’s.

Even with lower amounts of prescriptions being dosed out, this isn’t enough to stop the alcoholic thinking mind of America. A number of people have just turned to heroin in recent years due to the crackdown on painkillers and the supply/demand remaining so heavy. In some areas, you can find the mixed combination of opiates and opioids with many heroin dealers cutting their heroin with opioids such as Fentanyl or stronger versions. This, in turn, is the cause of more overdoses and deaths. It has gotten to a point where it is now required for law enforcement, EMTs, and Firefighters to now start carrying Narcan with them regularly. Narcan is an opiate/opioid overdose reversal drug. It is a synthetic opioid in itself but has a different reaction on the brain than the ones that are zombifying the masses. It helps to bring somebody back who is on their way out the door from a lethal dose of drug du jour opiates and opioids.

The Hidden Alternatives

For the record, there are many options for physical pain aside from pain killers and the pills pushed by pharmaceutical America. There are plenty of non-narcotic options such as ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, etc. These have always worked on my behalf for minor injuries. In large doses mixed over the hands of time, these can take their own toll on our organs and other such matters. Some people prefer to stay away from the chemicals altogether. Depending on the form of pain, it is best to consult a doctor and look thoroughly into what options can be provided.  

Most would be unpleasantly surprised as to how quick the mind/body decides it enjoys the feeling of opiates and opioids. It’s always just a matter of time before we awaken the demons of our addiction and the partnering decision that this one prescription wasn’t nearly enough. Even if opiates and opioids were never a problem of yours, beware the idea of cross addiction. Not only do most of us prefer the easier path, but most people generally like to feel good. Everybody wants to laugh and enjoy their little slice of heaven. In a matter of no time at all, we can convince ourselves to become accustomed to that state of “feeling better than normal”, but rest assured it is a slippery slope if one is not prepared for the fall.

Pain is real in All Forms

It doesn’t matter the form, synthetic or real, the effects on the brain/body are always real. Whether you suffer from physical or mental pain, at the end of the day- it’s still taking a toll. Addiction will make things worse while convincing us that it will eventually get better. If you or a loved one has been struggling and need a safe drug detox facility, call 888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We have trained specialists on standby ready to help start this transitional period and give the clarity and peace of mind deserved. Moving forward, there is a life that can be proudly stood behind.

 

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