Opiate and opioid are often used interchangeably to refer to the same class of drugs. However, there is a difference between them. Opiates are natural substances that originate from opium, a byproduct of the poppy plant. Morphine and codeine are common types of opiates.
Opioids are synthetic drugs designed to emulate opiates. Examples include fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Most people, including physicians, no longer differentiate between opiates and opioids. Instead, they refer to them both commonly as opioids.
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