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How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors in the brain and body to produce their effects.

Heroin and prescription opioids may seem like very different drugs, but they are actually remarkably similar in both effects and dangers.

Heroin Opioids Infographic

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Last updated on November 21, 2016
2016-11-21T11:49:31+00:00
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