The misuse and addiction to opioids is a serious public health crisis in our country. As parents, it’s crucial to know what kind of opioids are in our medicine cabinets and out on the streets.
Prescription painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone have a big potential for abuse. Frequently, even young people are prescribed these strong drugs after a serious injury or surgery.
Fentanyl is an opiod medication that is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin. It's used to treat severe pain and is used as part of anesthesia after surgery.
Heroin is the deadliest U.S. opiod. It can be injected, smoked or sniffed, and according to the national institute on drug abuse, about 80 percent of people who use heroin misused prescription opiods first.
Finally, methadone. This prescription drug is used to treat severe pain, and is also used for people who are addicted to painkillers by weaning them off the drugs. Unfortunately, it also has the potential for abuse.