5 Things to Know About Treating Opioid Dependence

Powerful Painkillers

Millions of Americans struggle with misuse of prescription painkillers, or opioids. Examples include hydrocodone (Lorcet, Lortab, Vicodin), morphine (Avinza, Kadian, MS-Contin, MSIR), and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan). Even taking these powerful painkillers as prescribed can sometimes lead to addiction. Here's what you need to know.

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