What are opioids? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
Opioids – which are also sometimes called Opiates – are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects, with their primary medical application being pain relief. Doctors and dentists may prescribe opioids to people with acute or chronic pain resulting from disease, surgery, or injury. In addition, some opioids such as methadone and buprenorphine have been found to successfully help treat addiction to other opioids, such as prescription pain pills and heroin.