What is a narcotic?
A narcotic is a pain-reducing chemical derived from opium (or synthetically produced) with the side effects of euphoria, stupor, and insensibility.
- Opiate – is a naturally occurring narcotic alkaloid found in the opium poppy plant, such as
- Opioid – any fully or semi-synthetic narcotic (does not come directly from the poppy plant) that has opiate-like activity (made to mimic the effects of an opiate), such as
The terms opiate and opioid are often used interchangeably, although there is a distinct ...Read More →