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Opium Abuse

Opium abuseOpium, the dried juice from the unripe seeds of the opium poppy, has been used for both medicinal and recreational purposes throughout history. It has been known as a painkiller and was originally used to treat diarrhea, but soon it was used to treat a number of ailments. Opium in its raw form can be eaten or smoked. Many drugs have been derived from opium, including morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and several others. Heroin is an illegal and powerfully addictive derivative of opium. Opium abuse is hazardous to a user’s health and may result in very negative long-term effects.

Opium abuse occurs when a person uses opium to achieve a “high” or feelings of well-being. Opium abuse can rapidly develop into an opium addiction. Short-term effects of opium abuse are a state of euphoria followed by drowsiness and sedation. Using opium usually causes breathing to slow down, sometimes even to the point of unconsciousness or death. Opium works quickly on the brain, causing confusion and slowed thinking. Sometimes it even causes extreme nausea.

Symptoms of Opium Abuse

  • Red or glazed eyes
  • Forgetfulness
  • Slurred speech
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Mania, rapid speech or excessive energy
  • Insomnia
  • Sinus irritation, runny nose
  • Personality changes, paranoia, or anger
  • Neglect of family, work or general hygiene
  • Selling property or belongings
  • Isolation or seclusion

Over time, opium abuse can lead to a person needing larger and more frequent doses of opium to compensate for the body’s growing tolerance to the drug. Addiction occurs when a person experiences withdrawal when drug intake stops and when he or she needs larger doses of a substance to achieve the original effects. Opium is a highly addictive drug.

Opium Street Names

  • Hop
  • Gum
  • Tar
  • Dope
  • Big O
  • Black Tar
  • Skee
  • Joy Plant
  • Dover’s powder

Opium Addiction Help

If you or a loved one is suffering from an opium addiction, please call our toll-free 24 hour helpline. Our trained counselors are available 24-hours a day and can help you learn more about opium addiction, assist with interventions, or help you get the assistance you need. Please don’t hesitate. Call today.

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