Opioids 101

How do opioids work?

Prescription opioid drugs (also known as “painkillers”) are a type of narcotic pain medication. They bind to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body and are highly effective at treating and relieving chronic and acute pain. However, they are dangerously addictive and can have negative impacts on physical and mental health.

What are the different types of opioids?

Opiates include the illegal drug heroin, as well as a variety of prescription medications and synthetic opioids:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Abstral, Onsolis)
  • Hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro ER)
  • Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
  • Morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, Morphabond)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Oxaydo)
  • Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet)

Abusing opioids can be life-threatening.

Withdrawing from drug abuse or getting clean can be hard. Without proper support, you can put your health at risk and become more vulnerable to relapse.

The good news is you don’t have to do this alone.

JeffCare Opioid Deox & Recovery provides safe, effective, medication-assisted detoxification and substance use treatment.

To get started, walk in or call 504-349-8833

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Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

U.S. National Library of Health