10. Opiates

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch10

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Opiates, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • opiates;
  • heroin, and heroin withdrawal syndrome - use of heroin resulting in nausea and vomiting, unpleasant effects fading with regular use;
  • term ‘opiate,’ psychoactive substance of either natural or synthetic origin - effect similar to morphine;
  • opium, raw exudate of opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) - scraped from scored seed head of poppy;
  • multiple drug taking or poly-drug use - common feature with opiate users;
  • drug-related overdose - death, a significant cause of mortality amongst heroin users in UK;
  • proportion of deaths, occurring among drug misusers - who had just left prison;
  • methadone, known as doll, red rock, juice or script - commonly used as form of treatment for opiate addiction in the UK;
  • tools designed to assess severity of opioid dependence – tools, Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS);
  • nursing interventions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Opiates

  • Assessment of opiate dependence

  • Intervention strategies

  • References