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Opioids are narcotic pain relievers, prescribed for short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain, as after a surgery.  Examples include hydrocodone (such as Vicodin), oxycodone (such as Percocet), and codeine (used in some medications to treat cough).

Opioids are not harmless. According to Beacon Health Options, opioid overdose is now the No. 1 cause of accidental death in America.  Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for using or misusing prescription opioids2. Anyone who takes opioids, even for a short amount of time, is at risk for addiction and death.

Explore the chart below for information on everything from questions to ask your provider if you are prescribed an opioid, all the way to how to get help for addiction.


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Misuse

Opioid misuse is dangerous—it is a slippery slope to addiction or accidental overdose and death.  Opioids are more accessible than ever, making it easier for people to misuse. Misusing opioids includes:

  • Using them in a manner or dose other than what was prescribed to you by your provider;
  • Using someone else’s prescription, even if for a real medical issue like back pain; or
  • Taking them to feel euphoric or “high.”