Opioid drugs act by effectively changing the way a person experiences pain.
Commonly referred to as painkillers, Opioids are drugs that contain opium or are derived from and imitate opium. They are prescribed for pain relief and are only available by prescription.
Most opioid or painkilling drug prescriptions are non-refillable and, when used properly under a medical doctor’s supervision, are safe and effective.
Morphine derivatives, or narcotics, come from opioids and are used to therapeutically treat pain, suppress coughing, alleviate diarrhea, and induce anesthesia. When using these narcotics, abusers experience a general sense of well-being by reduced tension, anxiety, and aggression.
Although painkillers have different potencies and are taken in different ways, when they are abused they all pose a risk for addiction and other serious effects.
DFK offers links to resources in your region to help you and your family find the right kind of help for opioid or painkiller dependency or addiction.
Fentanyl is a highly potent prescription painkiller that is linked to an increasing number of deaths in this country.
Many of these overdoses are linked to pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl that is diverted onto the streets and consumed unknowingly by those with addictions and recreational users alike. However, illicit fentanyl produced in clandestine labs is also responsible for causing overdose deaths.
DFK offers links to resources in your region to help you and your family find the right kind of help for fentanyl abuse.