What Is an Opioid?

Understanding the Dangerous Drugs on the Market   Opioids are a dangerous class of drugs that include both illicit (illegal) drugs and those available by prescription. Opioids are used to relieve pain but can have serious side effects including death. As noted by the Department of Justice, examples of opioids include: Heroin Oxycodone (Oxycontin) Hydrocodone

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