Opioids are chemicals that are either produced from the opium poppy plant or created in a lab to have the same effects.
Some opioids are prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, codeine cough syrup, Percocet, or Vicodin. Some opioids, like heroin and fentanyl, are produced illicitly and are illegal drugs.
Opioid drugs work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. They reduce the sending of pain messages to the brain and reduce feelings of pain. They are also highly addictive and can be deadly.
The Bottom Line: your risk of addiction increases every day that you take prescription opioids.
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Prescription Painkillers (Opioids) can include:
Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Tylox, Demerol, and Fentanyl, among others. Heroin is also an opioid.