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( OPI )

Cut-Off Levels (ng/mL)
Window of Detection
250 ng/mL (Urine) 5 - 7 Days (Urine)

What are Opiates? 

Opiates are naturally derived from the active ingredients in the opium poppy plant. All opiates fall under the category of opioids since the accepted definition of opioids is now any drug that reacts on the opioid receptors of the brain. Like other opioids, opiates have a high potential for abuse and dependency. Users will build a tolerance to the drug and will need to take larger does in order to achieve the desired effects and to mitigate the common withdrawal symptoms associated with cessation.

Common Nicknames

How is it Used?

Opiates come in a variety of forms and can be, taken orally, absorbed through the skin, inhaled, insufflated, and injected both intravenously and intramuscularly.

What Does it Look Like?

Common Symptoms

Noticeable elation/euphoria.
Marked sedation/drowsiness.
Constricted pupils.
Slowed breathing.
Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness.

What Are the Effects?

The effects of opiates are similar to that of other opioids. The effects vary in strength and duration depending on the size of dose frequency of use and other physical factors of the user. When injected or taken intravenously onset effects take place almost immediately as posed to digesting it or inhaling it. Opiates will produce a pain relieving euphoric effect which leads to severe psychological and psychical dependence and addiction. More serious health effects and death can be associated with prolonged use of opioids if not taken properly under medical supervision.

Legal Status

Opiates, or most opioids, are Schedule II or Schedule III substances under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act however, Heroin, a synthetic opioid is a Scheduled I substance.