How Much Do You Know About Opioids?

If you’re looking for more information about opioids, you’ve come to the right place.

What are Opioids?

Opioids are drugs that are usually used for pain management or other conditions such as coughing. Although naturally found in opium poppy plants, manufacturers can also make synthetic opioids by using the chemical structure from poppy plants.

Opioids trigger the body to release large amounts of dopamine–your “feel good” hormones that improve your mood and make you feel happy.

Where Can You Get Opioids?

Opioids approved by the FDA are available either over-the-counter or by prescription. Opioids that are not approved by the FDA are illegal to possess or sell. Illegal opioids have no medical use and are therefore easily misused and increase the risk for addiction.

What is an Opioid Use Disorder?

Prescribed opioids are generally safe for short-term consumption. Prolonged use of opioids can lead to dependence and addiction. A person has an opioid use disorder when they cannot function normally without taking opioids.

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