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Are heroin, opium and morphine the same thing? Or are they related?
I've heard that they have something to do with each other, but what relation do they have?

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Same family of drugs. Heroin is made from morphine.
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Same family of drugs. Heroin is made from morphine.
Ok, thanks. So they all come from poppy seeds?
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Ok, thanks. So they all come from poppy seeds?
Yes I believe so.
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Heroin and morphine are highly addictive and ruin lives, I would stay far far away from these drugs in general.
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Heroin and morphine are highly addictive and ruin lives, I would stay far far away from these drugs in general.
Opiates are addictive too. America has a huge problem with opiates being over prescribed at the moment.
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Heroin and morphine are highly addictive and ruin lives, I would stay far far away from these drugs in general.
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Opiates are addictive too. America has a huge problem with opiates being over prescribed at the moment.
Jesus Christ I didn't mean I was going to take them!!!!!! I was just asking for a) it mentioned opium in my history homework and b) interest.
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Hi,

Opiates is the whole group of drugs that include morphine, heroin, codeine etc - they are also known as the narcotic analgesics (Greek an = not; algis = pain therefore pain-killers). They work by a central mechanism i.e in the brain, so alter the perception of pain and thus relieve it whereas the peripherally acting analgesics like aspirin or ibuprofen act at the site of the pain by inhibiting cyclo-oxygenase, an enzyme necessary for the synthesis of prostaglandins (PGs - chemical that mediate pain). Yes, as others have said above, they are highly addictive when misused, In pharmacies, they are kept in special locked cabinets and are known as controlled drugs.

Codeine is converted to morphine in the liver.

M (MSc Therapeutics)
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