Tox Tuesday: Synthetic Opiates

Known for their natural pain relieving elements, opiates are a well-known class of drugs that work by directly depressing the central nervous system and changing the way the brain perceives pain. Natural opium is derived from the opium poppy, and then used to make substances such as morphine, codeine, and thebaine. Synthetic and semi-synthetic opiates […]

Tox Tuesday: Codeine

Once thought of as a safe and effective cough suppressant and pain reliever for children, codeine is widely known and prescribed around the world. In fact, as many as 880,000 prescriptions for codeine were written by emergency room doctors over the past decade. However, during this same time various warnings concerning the drug have also […]