The basics - Opioids, part 1
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about opioids. It provides basic information about how opioids work in the body to relieve pain, outlining the use of opioid medications to treat acute (short term) pain and chronic (long lasting) pain, and clarifying that their long-term effectiveness is not clear and can be accompanied by worsening pain or increased sensitivity to pain. The document examines how opioids affect the brain's reward system, which controls feeling of pleasure, and produces a high. It defines opioids as natural, semi-synthetic, and fully synthetic, lists the names of common prescription opioids, and discusses illegal opioids such as fentanyl and heroin.
Text and audio are in the public domain. Graphics are copyrighted content.
The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.