Heroin Bulletin 

Terms Used Inside the Opioid Epidemic

  Opiate: Drugs derived directly from the opium poppy, including morphine. Opioid: Typically refers to synthetic or partially synthetic drugs designed to imitate the effects of opiates, including painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and fentanyl. Opioids and opiates act on opioid receptors in the brain. They can affect parts of the brain that control emotion and pain perception, and can produce euphoria, or a “high.” Long-term use can alter brain functioning. Heroin: An opioid drug derived from morphine. It can be injected, snorted or smoked. Fentanyl: A potent synthetic opioid…

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