What Are Opioids?

Oxycodone, fentanyl, heroin — some of these extremely powerful drugs are prescribed to treat pain, but all can be highly addictive. Learn more from this Psych Hub video

July 20, 2022

Opioids have gained a reputation as dangerous street drugs that cause fatal overdoses, but oxycodone (brand name: OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), Percocet, codeine, morphine and fentanyl are also legal prescription painkillers. In the short term, they can be safe and effective.

But these medications (including heroin, which is illegal but in the same class of drug) can lead to opioid use disorder. Watch this video, narrated by Psych Hub cofounder and former congressman Patrick Kennedy, to learn more about how these drugs work, how they create dependence and how to get help for opioid addiction.

Source: Psych Hub

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