noun. innate and semisynthetic substances or mixtures stemming from opium. They consist of the alkaloids morphine and codeine.

OPIATES: "Addictions to opiates are increasing worldwide, increasing the need for withdrawal treatment centers where addicted persons can get counseling and access medications like Methadone to ease themselves into life without drug abuse."
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