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Most people use prescription opioid medications responsibly. But a growing number are abusing these drugs; that is, taking a different dose than prescribed, getting the drug from a nonmedical source, such as a relative, friend, or Internet seller, or taking the drug for its psychoactive effects. Why? In addition to their powerful pain relieving effects, opioids can produce profound feelings of well-being and euphoria.

Understanding Opioids: From Addiction to Recovery by A. MacDonald, D. Pendick, & U.R. Parlikar (H. J. Shaffer, Ed.)

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