WHAT IS AN OPIATE? WHAT IS AN OPIOID?
Opiates: A Natural Pain Remedy
Opiates are alkaloids derived from the opium poppy. Opium is a strong pain relieving medication, and a number of drugs are also made from this source.
Types Of Opiates
Opioids: Synthetic Pain Medications
Opioids are synthetic or partly-synthetic drugs that are manufactured to work in a similar way to opiates. Their active ingredients are made via chemical synthesis. Opioids may act like opiates when taken for pain because they have similar molecules.
Types Of Opioids
Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin (oxycodone)
Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab (hydrocodone)
Both of these types of drugs alter the way that pain is perceived, as opposed to making the pain go away. They attach onto molecules that protrude from certain nerve cells in the brain called opioid receptors. Once they are attached, the nerve cells send messages to the brain that are not accurate measures of the severity of the pain that the body is experiencing. Thus the person who has taken the drug experiences less pain.
Drugs in these classes also affect how the brain feels pleasure. A person who takes them who is not in pain will experience a feeling of elation, followed by deep relaxation and/or sleepiness.
When people use these medications only to treat pain as directed and for a short time, they are less likely to become addicted. Prescription drug addiction occurs when patients develop a tolerance for the level of medication they have been described and no longer get the same level of relief.
The Robert E. Torrence Medical Fund invited Thom Grim, Executive Director of the Miami County Recovery Council and Mr. Steve Justice, an attorney at Dungan & LeFevre who has been very involved
with the Miami County Heroin Coalition, to speak at Trinity on May 21, on the heroin and opiate crisis
and how it is impacting Miami County.
The Torrence Medical Fund, a mission of Trinity Church, brought this information to the parish and neighboring community to educate people on steps being taken to fight drug abuse and drug addiction.
The Torrence Medical Fund is currently partnering with the Recovery Council
to assist in aiding those individuals seeking to free themselves from herion/opoiod addiction.