Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that are used to reduce pain in a medical setting. Opioids are available legally through a doctor’s prescription.

Types of Opioids:

  • Prescription opioids, such as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Percocet, etc.
  • Synthetic opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl

Overdose: An opioid overdose is a serious, life-threatening emergency which requires immediate medical attention. Please call 911 immediately if you witness anyone exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Slow or stopped breathing
  • Gurgling noises or vomiting
  • Fingernails or lips turning blue/purple
  • Pale and/or clammy face
  • Limp body

Health Risks

Short-Term:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Coma
  • Overdose

Long-Term:

  • Physical dependence
  • Addiction
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Death

Treatment Options

  • Detox
  • Behavioral Therapies
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)