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Creating a Culture of Wellness

These programs focus on making the county healthier. 

What are opioids?

Opioids are drugs that help relieve physical pain. A doctor might prescribe opioids after someone has surgery or is in an accident. When people start to use opioids illegally, it is usually because the opioids make them feel calm or high. For years, doctors who prescribed opioids believed that patients in pain could not become addicted to opioids. We now know this was not true. Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. became addicted to opioids and died.

Prescription Opioids

Opioids include prescribed medications to treat pain, such as: 

  • Oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin) 

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab) 

  • Pethidine (Demerol) 

  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 

  • Fentanyl (Duragesic) 

  • Tylenol with Codeine 

  • Morphine 

  • Tramadol (Ultram) 

  • Drugs used to treat addiction to opioids, such as methadone (Dolophine) 

  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone & Subutex) 

Illegal Opioids

Illegal opioids include heroin, fentanyl, and opium. It is against the law and dangerous to take opioids without a prescription. It is also against the law to take prescribed opioids for a reason other than why they were originally prescribed.  

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