What is an Opioid?
Opioids include both illegal and legal substances. Heroin is an illegal opioid, and prescription pain killers are legal opioids. Taking someone else’s painkillers is not legal, even if it is for relieving pain, and is considered prescription drug misuse. Using prescription medications for the sole purpose of getting high is considered prescription drug abuse.
Common pain killers that are opioids include:
- Morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone (also known as OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®)
- Hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®)
- Fentanyl (also known as Duragesic®, Fentora®),
- Hydromorphone (also known as Dilaudid®, Exalgo®)
- Buprenorphine (also known as Subutex®, Suboxone®)
Opioids in Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Health, working with several key partners, is taking action to prevent high rates of opioid abuse and overdose-related deaths: