Frequently Asked Questions

What are opioids?

Opioids are natural or synthetic chemicals that reduce feelings of pain and are highly addictive narcotic substances commonly referred to as pain killers. 

Does the body know the difference between prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin?

Why are opioids dangerous?

Our bodies build a tolerance for opioids, which means we have to take more to get the same effects with longer term use.  

 

Tolerance to opioids can lead to physical dependency, addiction, abuse, and overdose. 

Opioids both prescription or illegally-made are  seen as the same by our brain. 

Can Narcan/Naloxone reverse any overdose?

Naloxone or the brand name Narcan can only reverse an opioid overdose, however with the presence of fentanyl in many other substances it is best practice to administer naloxone and call for 911 for medical help. 

Last Updated: 12/30/2020

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