Opiate-derivative drugs are some of the most addictive substances on earth. These drugs are also responsible for the sharp rise in overdose death rates in the U.S. Surveys on heroin users have uncovered that the vast majority of addicts get hooked on prescription opiates before using illegal heroin. Morphine is one of the oldest prescription opiate painkillers in the U.S. and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. New classes of prescription painkillers are routinely tested against the “morphine standard” because of how effective morphine is for pain relief. Unfortunately, morphine is a highly addictive substance.