I had a friend from another group tell me "I take narcotics, just not opiates". I had said to her I'm in opiate withdrawal from taking too many Norcos, which is a narcotic right? So is there a difference? I want to go back to this friend and say, you are taking opiates when you take narcotics, but I want to make sure this is accurate. Any thoughts, answers, ideas, welcome
17 Feb 2011
Narcotics are: any of a class of substances that blunt the senses, as opium, morphine, belladonna, and alcohol, that in large quantities produce euphoria, stupor, or coma, that when used constantly can cause habituation or addiction, and that are used in medicine to relieve pain, cause sedation, and induce sleep.
So technically, you could take a narcotic that is not an opiate such as alcohol. But in laymens terms most people think of narcotics as the natural or synthetic opiates.
Yes, norco is an opiate which is therefore a narcotic.
Gee, I hope this helps, without being too confusing,
17 Feb 2011
Hi Cathleen:) How are you? I haven't heard from you in awhile and I'm also having some connection problems. I looked up narcotics and opiates and this is what I found : Opioid are narcotic drugs. They are got from the plant, poppy. They are used only for sever pain & used for short time. If used for a longer time, people can get addicted. It gives you a feeling of well being, makes you feel high. They make you drowzy.They supress cough too & used as cough syrups. Then I found this : Opiates are narcotics. But not all narcotics are opiates.
Then this: Opioids and opiates are synthetic and natural drugs that are related to drugs found in opium; many, such as heroin, are addictive narcotics. Many prescription pain medications are opioids, such as codeine, Vicodin?** (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen), Demerol?? (meperidine hydrochloride, USP), Dilaudid?** (hydromorphone), morphine, OxyContin?? (oxycodone hydrochloride controlled-release), and Percodan?? (oxycodone and aspirin tablets, USP). Methadone and buprenorphine are also opioids. Does this help? I hope you are feeling better. I'd love to hear from you! Laura :)
18 Feb 2011
This is what I got, right here on this site: Narcotics (nahr-KOT-ics) are a type of medicine that is used to decrease or take away severe (very bad) pain. Narcotics may also be called opioids (OH-pe-oids). Here is the address where I got it from.
I hope this helped you. Take care.
5 Aug 2011
These are one in the same, narcotic, opiate... if she is in denial, research on your computer, and print it out.. nothing clears up a diagreement quicker than seeing it in black and white. right~
Reminds me of someone I know who thinks the meds I take are terrible, and never runs from a chance to say that to me.
This same person drinks wine every day, 24/7 can't even enjoy visiting when there is no wine being served... but would never ever touch a narcotic.
Seems like a contrdiction to me. So I understand how confused you must have been after hearing that comment... Good Luck and God Bless midwestma
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