Which Drugs Are Opiates?

Opioids refer to a family of natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic drugs used for their pain-relieving properties. These drugs can be prescription or illicit and are controlled substances in the US because of their high abuse potential. But what’s the difference between opioids and opiates, and which drugs are opiates? Let’s find out.

What’s the difference between opioids and opiates?

First, let’s discuss the difference between opioids and opiates. The key to understanding the difference lies in the ingredients.

  • Opioids are drugs that are naturally derived from the opium plant. Opioids are not necessarily considered opiates since they do not contain synthetic ingredients.
  • Opiates are synthetic or semisynthetic drugs that contain ingredients which are derived from the opium plant. All opiates are considered opioids.

Which drugs are opiates?

Now that you know the difference between opioids and opiates, let’s talk about which drugs are opiates.

Opiate drugs include:

  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone

Is kratom an opiate?

Kratom is an herbal extract that comes in powder, liquid, or pill forms. It has many potential effects, including pain-relieving properties that are similar to opioids. However, it is not considered an opioid because it is derived from the Kratom tree (Mitragyna speciosa).

Is Xanax an opiate?

Xanax is not an opiate. This medication is a benzodiazepine that is intended to treat anxiety disorders.


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