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What is an Opiate?

The CDC reports that the word “opiates” refers to natural opioids specifically. Common drugs in this category include:

Generic Name Street Name
Opiate Heroin, Morphine, Codeine

Our body also produces opioid-like substances called endorphins and enkephalins. These endogenous opioids produce a “natural high” that doesn’t cause addiction.

Do You Know Someone Struggling with Drugs?

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

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