Opioid facts

What is an opioid

Opioids are a class of drugs commonly used to reduce pain. The illegal drug heroin is an opioid, as are many of the prescription pain relievers prescribed by doctors, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioids can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, leading users to need more and more over time. As a result, these drugs can be highly addictive.

Pain management options

Opioids aren't the only painkillers on the market, and they're not always the best way to fight pain. In some cases, even over-the-counter drugs might be more effective, and have fewer side effects. Learn more about how you can manage pain without putting yourself and family at risk.

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