Opioids are a group of natural, partially synthetic, or synthetic drugs. It is derived from the poppy plant or chemically synthesized in laboratory settings. This class of drugs includes both legal and illegal drugs. Legally prescribed OPI’s include mpr, codeine, and oxy. Illegal OPI’s include heroin.
OPI’s are used to help individuals cope with pain. They bind to natural opioid receptors in the brain, mimicking specific chemicals. These chemicals are related to sensations of pain relief, pleasure and reward. If they are used as prescribed, legal opioids are one of the most effective forms of pain relief. Especially when the pain is severe or other attempts to relieve the pain have proven unsuccessful.
However, since opioids have both pain relieving properties and positive psychological properties, they are among the most abused types of substances currently available.