Opium Substance Abuse Overview

Opium is a highly addictive non-synthetic narcotic that is extracted from the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. The opium poppy is the key ingredient for many narcotics, including morphine, codeine, and heroin.

Opium can be a liquid, solid, or powder, but most poppy straw concentrate is available commercially as a fine brownish powder.

Opium Street Names: Ah-pen-yen, Aunti, Aunti Emma, Big O, Black pill, Chandoo, Chandu, Chinese Molasses, Chinese Tobacco, Dopium, Dover’s Powder, Dream Gun, Dream Stick, Dreams, Easing Powder, Fi-do-nie, Gee, God’s Medicine, Gondola, Goric, Great Tobacco, Guma, Hop/hops, Joy Plant, Midnight Oil, Mira, O, O.P., Ope, Pen Yan, Pin Gon, Pox, Skee, Toxy, Toys, When-shee, Ze, Zero

Methods of Opium Abuse

Opium can be smoked, intravenously injected, or taken in pill form. Opium is also abused in combination with other drugs. For example, “Black” is a combination of marijuana, opium, and methamphetamine, and “Buddha” is potent marijuana spiked with opium.

Effect on the Mind

The intensity of opium’s euphoric effects on the brain depends on the dose and route of administration. It works quickly when smoked because the opiate chemicals pass into the lungs where they are quickly absorbed and sent to the brain. An opium “high” is very similar to the “high” one receives after taking heroin. Users experience a euphoric rush, followed by a period of relaxation and the relief of physical pain.

Effect on the Body

Opium inhibits muscle movement in the bowels leading to constipation. It also can dry out the mouth and mucous membranes in the nose. Opium use leads to physical and psychological dependence, and can lead to overdose.

Overdose effects include slow breathing, seizures, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, coma, and possible death.

Opium Addiction Treatment

Inspirations for Youth and Families is a 32 bedroom, residential facility for teens specializing in all types of substance abuse and addiction. Opium abuse requires therapeutic treatment and at times, even psychological help; that’s what we’re here for. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen. Our gender based treatment program includes family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy and recreational therapy. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and a superior staff, we are confident that our teen opium rehab can be a step in the right direction for you and your teen.