What Are Opioids?

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According to Psychology Today, opioids are “a class of controlled pain-management drugs that contain natural or synthetic chemicals based on morphine, the active component of opium.”

Most people are introduced to opioids by way of a prescription from their doctor. To learn more about opioids, watch the short video below.

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Opioids are a class of drugs that interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and the brain to relieve pain. The most well-known opioids are oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and heroin. Opioids produce euphoria in users, in addition to pain relief.

Regular use of opioids, even those prescribed by a doctor, can result in dependence. When misused, opioid painkillers can lead to a fatal overdose. If you or anyone you know needs addiction treatment, call Mountainside at 888 833 4676.

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