What are Opioids?
Opioids are a type of medication that include some prescription pain relievers, illegal drugs of abuse (e.g., heroin), and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.1
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- Information sheet titled “Quick Start Guide for Narcan.” https://www.narcan.com/static/NARCAN-Quick-Start-Guide.pdf. Published 2015. Accessed January 4, 2020.