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Research Reports: Prescription Opioids and Heroin

Published October 2015. Revised December 2015.

Explores the relationship between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, including prescription opioid use as a risk factor for heroin use, reasons why people progress from using prescription opioids to heroin, and the need for prevention and treatment.

Improving Opioid Prescribing

Published March 2017. Revised March 2017.

This brief fact sheet provides information about the risks of prescription opioid pain relievers and a summary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guideline for Opioid Prescribing for Pain.

Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science

Published March 2017. Revised March 2017.

This brief fact sheet provides information about the life-saving drug naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, including how it works and where to get it.

Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction

Published November 2016. Revised November 2016.

This brief fact sheet provides information about the effectiveness of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders and recent scientific advances in this area.

DrugFacts—Fentanyl

Published June 2016. Revised June 2016.

Offers basic facts about the synthetic opioid Fentanyl including how it is abused, its affect on the brain, and other health effects. En Español

Research Reports: Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Published July 2001. Revised August 2016.

Offers the latest research findings on prescription drug misuse, including the classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly misused, possible effects on the brain and body, and treatment options for prescription drug addiction. En Español

DrugFacts—Heroin

Revised January 2017.

Offers basic facts about heroin, including methods of use, its effects on the brain, other health effects, and treatment options.

Research Reports: Heroin

Published October 1997. Revised November 2014.

Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  En Español

Mind Over Matter: Opioids

Published January 1997. Revised September 2014.

Describes to young teens how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain—including the limbic system—and the nervous system. En Español

Research Reports: Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction

Published May 2017. Revised May 2017.

Discusses effective medications used to treat opioid use disorders: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

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