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Opium is an opioid or narcotic, made from the white liquid in the poppy plant.
Typically, opium is found as a black or brown block of tar like powder. It is also available in liquid as well as in solid forms. It can be smoked, intravenously injected, or taken in pill form.
This substance can induce a state of euphoria, characterized by a sense of well-being, as well as a calm drowsiness or sedation.
Signs of use include nausea, confusion and constipation. If you are that concerned your child may be using opium or other substances, the following resources can help you address the behavior and get them needed treatment.
“What Are Opioids?” HHS.gov, US Department of Health and Human Services, 15 May 2018, www.hhs.gov/opioids/prevention/index.html
“Get Smart About Drugs.” Find Help | Get Smart About Drugs, https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/drugs/opium
NIDA. “Opioids.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids. Accessed 14 Dec. 2018.
“Opium.” DEA, https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/opium