About Opiate Addictions

This website is dedicated to informing opioid addicts and their families about opiate addiction so that they can determine if they or their loved ones need help. It is also the purpose of this site to offer assistance to those want to seek help. Our opiate hotline is answered 24/7 by trained professionals who can help guide you to a drug free life

The term ‘opiates’ refers to a huge group of drugs, some of which are legal on prescription, and some of which are illegal. All of them are derived from the poppy, which is used to manufacture opium. Some examples of commonly encountered opiates are morphine, heroin, hydrocodone (Lortab and Vicodin, for instance), oxycodone (Percocet and OxyContin, for example), fentanyl, and codeine.

The terms ‘opiate’ and ‘opioid’ are used interchangeably. However, technically, there is a difference. An opiate is a drug that is derived directly from the opium poppy. An opioid, meanwhile, is synthetic or semi-synthetic, which means it does not come from the poppy but it is made in the laboratory to have a chemical structure that is similar to that of the naturally derived opiates. Generally, an opioid is a prescription medication, whereas an opiate is an illegal street drug.