Aka: opioids, Oxy, Percs
Prescription opioids are prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, such as a sports injury, dental work, or cancer. Even though they are prescribed by a doctor, they do have serious risks and side effects, especially when misused. Misuse of opioids – or taking them other than prescribed or more than prescribed, can lead to addiction, overdose, and death – as high doses of opioids can slow your breathing and heart rate, which can lead to death. Mixing prescription opioids with alcohol or other substances can also increase risk of overdose or death.
Common prescription opioids:
- Oxycodone (brand names: OxyContin, Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (brand name: Vicodin)