What are opioids (narcotic painkillers)? Opioids are drugs that work in the body the way opium does – they block the body’s ability to feel pain. Some are made directly from opium (for example, morphine and codeine), while others are man-made but similar chemically to opium (for example, the painkillers oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, better known by such brand names as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, and Actiq®). Heroin is also an opioid. Opioid dependence is common and can happen to anyone.
If you think you might have a drug problem, you can take an anonymous test at: http://www.drugscreening.org/
For helpful information and facts about our prescription drug epidemic, see Carol Falkowksi’s Drug Abuse Dialogues.
A National Directory of treatment facilities: http://www.samsha.gov/treatment/
Ameican Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Public Policy Statement on Pharmacological Therapies for Opioid Use Disorder
For information on Buprenorphine: click here
National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/
Office of National Drug Control Policy: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/
To learn about responsible opioid prescribing: www.supportPROP.org
Understanding Addiction: How Addiction Hijacks the Brain: www.helpguide.org