Opioid Pain Medications Essay

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Quote "If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution - then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise." ALDOUS HUXLEY 1894 – 1963 Opiates are derived by opium. Opium is a gummy substance collected from the seed of the opium poppy. This…show more content…
They are available in tablet form, syrup, nasal sprays, capsules, suppositories, and skin patches (Canada, 2009) (CAMH, 2010). Codeine is a narcotic, and this common opioid that has been administered for a long as we can remember. It is used for acute pain relief and could give a feeling of euphoria “a high” as well as a degree of sedation. With many prescription drugs, they carry some risk and they include side effects such as constipation and nausea and drowsiness (Canada, 2009) (Addiction.com, 2011). When using, only a few of the minority feel good or truly well while using opioids. Usually when prescribed opioid pain medication the individual does not experience a high. It can prove to be successful and an effective pain management alternative (Canada, 2009). Drug abusers only feel well to the thanks to their non-medical or non-therapeutic use or recreational purpose. When opioids are used chronically, tolerance and dependence can occur and the side effects differ depending on the substance, as does the abuse potential (Addiction.com, 2011) (Steven A. Adelman, William J. Meehan, 2010). Combining or improper use of opioid medication with other prescription or over the counter medication could be fatal (CAMH, 2010) (Canada, 2009). The psychological impact can be
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