In the first post introducing our drug topic you learned about the different schedules and categories that each drug is broken down into. So in this post we are going to explore all that is Narcotics! For starters narcotics is also known as opioids. There are many different drugs that fall under this category such as heroin, pharmaceutical drugs like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, codeine, morphine, hydromorphone, methadone, oxycodone, and fentanyl. We are going to dig a bit deeper into each one in the next few posts. So let’s get started!
Narcotics/opioids come in many different forms such as tablets, capsules, skin patches, lollipops, suppositories and many more. They can be abused by snorting, swallowing, smoking, or injecting them into the body. These drugs can have severe damaging effects on a person’s body and mind. Some of these effects are….
- slowed physical activity
- slowed breathing
- constriction of the pupils
- inability to concentrate
- apathy and
- psychological dependence
Now these drugs usually are prescribed by doctors to help treat pain, suppress cough, cure diarrhea, and put people to sleep. However, they are also easily abused and highly addictive. I personally feel that these drugs become a crutch for people and mask the health problems. Instead of preventing the health issues they treat the problem after it has already set in.
Stay tuned for the next posts digging further into the each of the different narcotic/opioid drugs. Till then stay healthy!!