Opioids are powerful drugs that come with risks, regardless of your reason for use. That’s why it’s important to know the truth about opioids and how to protect yourself and the ones you love. Learn about what opioids are, how they are used, and the serious risks here.
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.
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The most common prescriptions in the U.S. are Vicodin®, Lorect®, and Vicoprofen®.
An illegal, synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 100x more potent.1
Often mixed with pain relievers like Tylenol®, it’s primarily prescribed as cough syrup or tablets.
Can come in tablets, liquid, or a hospital injection.
Usually in tablet or pill form, some brands include OxyContin®, Percocet®, Oxecta®, Roxicodone®.
An illegal opioid referred to as dope, smack, H, junk, and skag.
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All opioids, whether prescribed or from a friend, carry risks. Understand the serious risks of addiction and overdose to protect yourself.
If you have a prescription for opioids, there are easy and important steps you can take to protect yourself, your friends, and your family from the risks. Learn why common misuse is risky and how to safely manage your prescription.
Accidental overdoses can happen to anyone and 50% of them happen at home.2 Administering naloxone can rapidly reverse an overdose. Learn why everyone who takes opioids should get naloxone from their pharmacy.
Your drugs can be laced with a deadly substance without you ever knowing. Fentanyl is an opioid 100x stronger than morphine and it’s responsible for killing thousands of people in Illinois.1 Learn how you could be at risk.
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Not even a dealer can see, taste, or smell fentanyl—a deadly opioid being cut into pills and powders all across Illinois. Learn why fentanyl-laced drugs pose a huge threat.
In less than a week, small changes in your brain can lead to an opioid use disorder. Learn why anyone is at risk and how to recognize the signs.
In 2018, opioids killed more people in Illinois than car crashes and house fires combined.3 Protect yourself by learning how to safely manage your prescription.
Opioids take a life every 11 minutes.4 Ignoring the warning label on your prescription opioids can put you in danger. Learn the risks.
What are opioids? Who are they for? Why are they risky? Learn about the basics of prescription opioids.