Opiates are made from the opium poppy. The opium poppy is a plant that is predominantly grown in the southern hemisphere. These plants resemble lettuce. The product produced by opiates is used in several pharmaceutical drugs on the market today. Some of the drugs produced by opiates are codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. Some other drugs produced by opiates are opium and heroin. The later two drugs are illegal, but all the listed drugs are dangerous, including the prescription versions if not used according to medical standards.

Opium is a brown waxy substance is introduced into the body from smoking it. Heroin can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Opium is described as a narcotic and is highly addictive. Some users of heroin have reported becoming addictive after only a one time use of the substance. The initial sensation of these drugs after introduction is a feeling of euphoria. One then becomes tired and starts going in and out of a sleep like state, commonly referred to as nodding.

Opiates effects on the body can be devastating. Opiates affect the brain tremendously, causing a strong dependence response. Opiates can cause heart damage, liver damage, breathing complications, and even death. It is not uncommon for first time users to suffer an overdose from the drug, sometimes leading to death. Opiates also interfere with bodily functions. Individuals have even been known to have died from having over ten pound stool blockages in their bowels.

Opiates are probably the easiest drugs to become addicted to and the hardest to recover from after becoming addicted. The withdrawal symptoms of the drug can be quite painful and uncomfortable, lasting some time. The withdrawal symptoms can also cause one to remain on the drug if proper treatment is not received during the rehabilitation process. People attempting to withdraw from the use of any drugs listed in this category should seek professional assistance.