The Facts About Opioids

What are opioids?

  • Opioid is the broad category name while Opiate simply refers to the naturally occurring opioids
  • The term opioid encompasses opiates, semi-synthetic and synthetic agents
  • An example of an Opioid would be Fentanyl (synthetic), an example of an Opiate would be Opium (naturally occurring)

Opioids come in many forms

  • Pills and capsules
  • Powders
  • Liquids

They are taken in many ways

  • Swallowed
  • Smoked
  • Snorted
  • Injected

Some opioids are illegal

  • Heroin
  • Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl
  • Other illegally obtained prescription opioids

Some opioids are prescribed medications

  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Naltrexone
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine