When we talk about opioids, we mean heroin and prescription painkillers. Here are some examples:
These painkillers work by causing your brain to block the feeling of pain. When they’re taken correctly, prescription painkillers can be used safely to manage pain. But they are very addictive — especially if they’re not used correctly.
Prescription painkillers are also very strong, so even a single incorrect dose can be enough to cause serious health problems — and even death from overdose.