The Facts About Opioids

What are opioids?

  • Drugs that contain opium or its derivatives
  • Natural or synthetic drugs that act on opioid receptors in the brain
  • Relieve pain, dull emotions, relax the body, treat opioid use disorders

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

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