What Are Prescription Opioids?

Prescription opioids are painkillers prescribed by a health care provider to patients who have been injured, had surgery or in some cases, even routine dental work. In some cases prescription opioids have also been prescribed for the treatment of even acute cough or diarrhea.

Below is a list of common prescription opioids and some of their common brand names:

  • Buprenorphine (Belbuca®, Buprenex®, Butrans®, Probuphine®)
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Actiq®, Duragesic®, Sublimaze®)
  • Hydrocodone (Lorcet®, Lortab®, Norco®, Vicodin®)
  • Hydromophone (Dalaudid®, Exalgo®)
  • Meperidine (Demerol®)
  • Methadone (Dolophine®, Methadose®)
  • Morphine (Astramorph®, Avinza®, Duramorph®, Roxanol®)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana®)
  • Tramadol (ConZip®, Ryzolt®, Ultram®)

There are many other brands of prescription opioids, but it is safe to say that what all have in common is the fact that they come with serious risk of addiction and overdose.

Addition to prescription opioids generally occurs due to the diminishing effects of the drug in prolong use. The original reaction of the body to the opioids is described as intense calm and happiness, also called euphoria. As the brain gradually adjusts to the flood of dopamine, the brain chemical responsible for the “good feeling”, more and more dosage of opioids is desired to produce the same effect. The effect and the wide availability, at-least until recently, of opioid drugs have been the reasons that opioids make the top drug of choice for a vast majority of addicts. Among other opiod drugs that produce that intense “good feel” is the synthetic drug, Fentanyl, which according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine.  A great amount of Fentanyl is produced overseas, illegally brought to US, mixed with other drugs such as heroin or cocaine and sold on the street. Mixing Fentanyl with other drugs enhances the potency of those drugs many folds to the point that can easily prove fatal for many unaware that their drug of choice is laced with Fentanyl. This is the number one reason for many fatal overdoses reported daily on the news, all over the United States.

With the recent focus on the addictive characteristics of opioids and the damage that addiction to this family of drugs can cause to individuals and to the society in general, many avenues of help and support have opened up. Addiction treatment facilities at the private levels have also stepped up to the challenge by providing specific treatment tailored to individual needs of those struggling with drug abuse and addiction.

If you have someone that needs help recover from addiction, please check around, ask the right questions and find a reputable facility that can be the one to save a life. It is no more the question, if addiction kills. The question is when.

Do you or someone you know need opioid rehab? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized opioid addiction treatment programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.

For more information call our treatment center at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

Reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery has been providing onsite detox, comprehensive addiction treatment, and aftercare programming since 2002.