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Opioids: Common Misconceptions

- Nicole Winkler, Best Care EAP Counselor 

When discussing opioid abuse, it’s important to recognize that prescription pain medication has a beneficial purpose. Opioid medications block the pain receptors in the brain, helping a person feel comfortable while recovering from an accident, injury, surgery, cancer, etc. Most people are familiar with OxyContin or Percocet, but here are some other common names of opioids: 

  • Codeine
  • Morphine 
  • Hydrocodone        
  • Vicodin     
  • Fentanyl
  • Dilaudid    
  • Demerol   
  • Methadone          
  • Heroin (an illegal opioid) 

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