What is Opiate Addiction?
The word “opiate” commonly is used to describe any drug derived from the opium poppy and includes: morphine, codeine, heroin and pain relievers such as methadone, demerol, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Hydrocodone is marketed under many brand names including Vicodin, Lorcet and Lortab.
Physicians prescribe opiates for pain-relief and as a cough-suppressant. When misused, however, it can become addictive.
Oxycodone is the primary active ingredient in a number of medications prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It is marketed as Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Endocet, Tylox, Roxicet and Roxiprin.
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