Painkillers and Opioids


Part of the Complete Guide to Understanding Addiction

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Opioid Painkillers: What Are They?
  3. Opioid Misuse and Abuse
  4. The Warning Signs of Painkiller Addiction
  5. The Health Effects of Painkiller Abuse
  6. Using Opioid Painkillers Safely
  7. Painkiller Addiction Treatment at Avenues


Chemically similar to heroin, pain killer opioids interact with opioid receptors in the body similarly as well. However, pain killer opioids are considered generally safe when prescribed for a short time at a low dose. However, it’s no surprise that they can produce euphoria when taken at a large dose, leading to misuse, addiction, and overdose. 

According to the CDC, doctors have cut back on openly prescribing opioids to reduce opioid death rates, but they continue to climb. From 2017 to 2018, the total opioid death rates went up 5% and another 6% the following year. Prescribed opioid deaths have decreased, but synthetic opioid deaths have gone up 15% since 2018. 

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