5 Things to Know About Treating Opioid Dependence
Painkillers

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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