Synthetic Opioids

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Synthetic opioids are a class of drug(s) made as a pharmaceutical agent with effects that mimic opiates found in the poppy seed plant. Recreational use of synthetic opioids can pose issues given its base compounds from cut (mixed) derivatives to make the high sensation more potent. The toxic nature of synthetic opioids can be habit-forming to the extent the user is at risk of an overdose.

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While synthetic opioids have gained traction for use in the medical field, the associated health risks have yet to deflect the curve over the number of mortality cases that stem from variations in the mix. For instance, semisynthetic opioids are a subclass of their parent drug(s) with chemicals blended with the natural extract to help control the level of pain a patient feels. As with opiates, synthetic opioids can have a psychoactive effect on the brain with a characteristic high sensation between use(s). However, the primed response to feed a drug habit can lead to addiction, dependence, and tolerance to keep the body's reward system balanced.

A few examples of synthetic opioids include Fentanyl, Methadone, and Tramadol. The side effects of synthetic opioids can include drowsiness, lethargy, impaired judgment, and shallow breathing. It is vital to know the symptoms of a person who may use synthetic opioids, despite the implied stigma of repeat drug use that might otherwise cause the issue to go unchecked. Behavioral treatment programs can vary based on the patient's needs to recover, though they can help prevent an individual from having an overdose.

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