Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and illegal substances, like heroin. These drugs are often prescribed for pain relief and sometimes produce feelings of euphoria, but prolonged use can lead to dependence and addiction.
In 2018, an estimated 2 million Americans had an opioid use disorder. This chronic condition can be treated with a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. But when left untreated, opioid use can have several health, social, and economic consequences.