Opioids are highly addictive drugs used to reduce pain. Common types subscribed by doctors include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodine), Fentanyl and Morphine. These medications should always be kept in a secure locked location and unused pills be disposed of properly.
Heroin is an illegal opioid. From 2014-2015, heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6 percent nationwide. Nearly 13,000 died in 2015. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid paid reliever that is 50 times more powerful than heroin. From 2014-2015, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids increased by 72.2 percent. An amount the size of a grain of sand can cause a fatal overdose.
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