What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription and illegal forms. Prescription opioids are most commonly prescribed for acute, short-term pain such as post-surgical pain. Potent, illegal opioids, such as fentanyl and heroin, can be found in both pure form and laced with other drugs, often without the user’s knowledge.

Tap the images below to learn about the different types of opioids.

Oxycodone

The most common prescriptions in the U.S. are Vicodin®, Lorect®, and Vicoprofen®.

Fentanyl

An illegal, synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 100x more potent.1

Codeine

Often mixed with pain relievers like Tylenol®, it’s primarily prescribed as cough syrup or tablets.

Morphine

Can come in tablets, liquid, or a hospital injection.

Hydrocodone

Usually in tablet or pill form, some brands include OxyContin®, Percocet®, Oxecta®, Roxicodone®.

Heroin

An illegal opioid referred to as dope, smack, H, junk, and skag.