Prescription opioids and illegal opioids - What is the connection? - Opioid addiction, part 8
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about the connection between prescription opioids and illegal opioids. It discusses the link between misuse of prescription opioids and use of illegal opioids such as heroin, which is cheaper and often easier to obtain, and fentanyl, a powerful opioid prescribed for severe pain that is commonly misused and made illegally. The document examines the risks for overdose and death with prescription opioids, heroin, and illegally made fentanyl. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.