Nicknames: heroin, morphine, opium, methadone, Darvon, codeine, Percocet (Percs), Vicodin, Oxycontin.
Opioids/opiates include such things as heroin, morphine, Dilaudid, opium, Demerol, methadone, Darvon, codeine, Percodan, Vicodin, Oxycontin. Opi-ates are pain-killers that are derived directly from the poppy plant (all natural, if you will) — morphine and codeine are examples. Opi-oids are pain-killers that are at least partly synthetic (better living through chemistry) — examples are heroin and oxycontin. The most common term is opioids.
Neuroscience Resources for Kids – Heroin
Neuroscience Resources for Kids – Heroin. A nice web page that provides basic information on heroin, what it is, where it comes from, and how it becomes a problem. An easy read. (NOT just for kids!)
Opioids — from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Mind Over Matter — Opioids
The Mind Over Matter section for opioids. This includes the following topics: “The Brain’s Response to Opiates”, “How Do Opiates Work?”, “How Does Someone Become Addicted to Opiates?”, and “Surprising Facts”.
Heroin – The National Library of Medicine
Heroin — The comprehensive webpage from the National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus information service on heroin, other opioids and treatment options.
tl;dr: If you are around opioid users, please keep Naloxone handy -- please.