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.


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.