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What Are Prescription Opioids?

The Opioid Epidemic is raging on throughout the nation, but what exactly are prescription opioids? There are many types of opioids, some of which are even non prescription street drugs like heroin. As far as prescription opioids are concerned, however, there are plenty and they are just as much addicting.

Types of Prescription Opioids

Here is a list of popular prescription opioids:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Demerol (meperidine)
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • OxyContin (oxycodone)
  • Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
  • Roxicet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)

Understanding Prescription Opioids & Drug Addiction

The unfortunate reality about prescription opioids is that these drugs have an incredibly high risk of leading to physical and psychological dependence. These medications, even when prescribed by a doctor, can lead to addiction, which can and has led prescription drug addicts to turn to street drugs when their prescription runs out or for a more potent high. Either way, the reality is that a prescription drug addiction, opioid addiction, and heroin addiction can be deadly.

When prescription drugs like these are purchased on the street, it can be even more devastating because drug users don’t really know what substances they are actually putting into their body. Many drugs from heroin to fake Xanax pills and other opioids on the street have been found to be cut with deadly fentanyl, which has greatly contributed to the number of drug overdose deaths in the nation.

Prescription drug addiction does not need to be a death sentence. Addicts can and do recover. Treatment is available, which can begin with a medical detox and rehabilitation stay.

If you are struggling with a prescription drug addiction, heroin addiction, or substance use disorder, you are not alone. The Watershed Texas can help. Call The Watershed Texas today at 1-800-861-1768.




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