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Medical UsagePlay
Used mainly in medical or healthcare settings to discuss medication. SlideThe patient was given an opiate to manage the pain after surgery.
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Potential for AddictionPlay
Often associated with a high risk of dependency or addiction. SlideDoctors are careful when prescribing opiates due to their addictive nature.
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Euphemism for SeverityPlay
May be used euphemistically to describe dangerous drugs more mildly. SlideDespite being an opiate, the drug has caused many overdoses.