The term "narcotic" was developed from the Greek word for stupor and refers to the drug opium and its man-made substitutes.
The effects of the drug depend heavily on the dose, how it is taken, if it has been taken before, and the expectation of the user.
However, in general, the drug produces a sense of well-being by reducing tension, anxiety, and aggression.
A common physical side effect of narcotics includes addiction, which can lead to taking deadly doses of the drug.
Types of Narcotics
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The Science Behind Drug Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse.