Opioid abuse occurs when the compulsive use of opioids harms a person’s health or social functioning, or when a person is addicted to or dependent on opioids. Addiction and dependence means having a physical need for continued use of a drug (dependence) versus a psychological drive (addiction) for continued use of a drug. Addiction and dependence may occur at the same time.
Opioids are a class of drugs made from opium, as well as synthetic or semi-synthetic drugs that resemble these opium-based drugs. Opioids include heroin, morphine, codeine , hydrocodone, oxycodone , and fentanyl . Opioid drugs are also often referred to as narcotic drugs or narcotics.
This condition can be treated. Talk to your doctor if you think you are abusing opioids.