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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.

ABOUT OPIOIDS WHY THEY ARE 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.

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

RESOURCES FOR LEARNING MORE

  • HCA – Start Talking Now

    Practical advice for parents on how to maintain a healthy, open conversation with their children about drugs and alcohol.
     
     
     

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  • UW ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE INSTITUTE - STOP OVERDOSE

    A guide to preventing overdoses, with information geared to opioid users, their families, and their doctors.
     

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  • NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

    This overview of the opioid crisis focuses on two primary questions: how did opioids become such a problem, and how can we turn things around?
     

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  • PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS

    Written with families in mind, this guide explains the basics of the opioid epidemic and offers next steps for safeguarding your prescription medications.
     

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  • CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (CDC)

    The CDC offers national resources for preventing opioid overdose deaths.
     
     
     

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  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

    An information-rich resource with national data on substance abuse and mental health.

     

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