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According to WebMD.com, opioids are narcotics, which block feelings of pain. Milder forms of opioids also can help suppress coughs or ease severe diarrhea.    Pain-numbing medicine made from the opium poppy plant are called opiates. Man-made versions of these drugs are opioids, but that word often refers to all forms of opiates. Opioids and opiates work the same way.

What is the U.S. Opioid Epidemic?

  • According to the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), in the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.
  • Increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.
  • In 2017 HHS declared a public health emergency.

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