Learn About Opioids

Opioids are drugs that are used to stop pain. There are two types of opioids: prescription opioids and illegal opioids.

Knowing the Risks of Opioid Prescription Pain Medications

Watch this video to learn about the risks of opioid prescriptions. The video also covers non-opioid treatment options, how to safely store opioids, and side effects of opioids.

Prescription opioids (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Opana, and Vicodin) can be used safely to treat pain when they’re taken how a doctor tells you to take them. If they aren’t taken correctly, they can be very addictive and can cause serious health problems – even an overdose or death.

Illegal opioids (like heroin) are more dangerous than prescription opioids because they can have harmful drugs or chemicals mixed into them. There is no way to know what has been mixed in them. This means that you might be at risk of an overdose. Illegal opioids can also have different strengths depending on who or where you buy them from. Sometimes, illegal opioids are made into fake prescription pills. If you use illegal opioids, there are some steps you can take to be to prevent overdose.


A deadly opioid called fentanyl is being added to drugs like heroin and cocaine. There is no way to tell if it has been mixed into your drugs. Fentanyl overdoses happen quickly so have someone ready to call 911. Here is where you can learn how to stay safe with fentanyl.