Some people raise their eyebrows about legal opiates. They tend to blame the “substance” but not the “user.” Yes, these drugs are addictive, but the responsibility of taking the right dose is in the person himself. Physicians even prescribe opiates to relieve pain.
Legal opiates are also widely used for cough, diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. Drugs like morphine and codeine are used legally when they are prescribed based on the U.S Department of Justice Guidelines. These narcotic substances have the ability to inhibit pain, suppress appetite, and produce a sedative effect. Some studies even claim that a certain amount of opiates can substitute alcohol consumption because of its “tranquilizer effect.” People who have difficulty in sleeping sometimes resort to using legal opiates because they can induce sleep. This type of drugs surely has positive effects (of course with the proper dosage).
On the other hand, there are also quite a number of side effects linked with excessive use of opiates. Some of these are: constipation (most common), anxiety, fatigue, constricted pupils, itching, spasms, tremors, sweating, delirium, and hallucination. Some people also reported symptoms of allergic reactions like difficulty breathing, rashes, itching, and swelling. Intravenous users are at high-risk for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and Hepatitis infection because of the direct contact through the bloodstream.
Moreover, with habitual opiate use, a person can develop addiction and tolerance which will make it hard for them to withdraw from the drug.Because of these, the person will be taking larger doses of opiates that can lead to overdose and even death. Adverse effects from chronic opiate use include: respiratory depression, cardiac arrest and coma. The lifestyle of an addicted person can also be affected because most of the users spend most of their time trying to obtain the drug. Because of this, they tend to ignore the things that were important in their lives before they even began using the substance.Interpersonal relationship, as well as friendship and families, become less important for the addicted person.
Because of the pleasurable sensations provided by opiates, consumers find it really hard to resist the temptation of getting higher doses than what they need. However, the drugs are just non-living things. They are not responsible for the addictions; the users are. If they don’t want to be addicted, they shouldn’t try it. Or maybe at least they should keep the dose to a minimum or just follow what the doctor’s prescription says.