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Opioids are drugs whose effects can include pain relief, euphoria (a high), sedation, and slowed breathing. Some people use opioids prescribed by their doctor, and some people use opioids illegally. Illegal opioids can come from illegal manufacturers or from prescriptions that have been diverted to the illegal market. People who use drugs illegally may do so for many reasons to sleep, self-treat pain, stop withdrawal symptoms, or to get high.

Some commonly used opioids include fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone, and oxycodone. Buying opioids on the illegal market (whether from a friend, drug dealer or the internet) is very risky and potentially life-threatening. Opioids sold on the illegal market vary considerably in terms of their purity, potency and composition, which puts people at high risk of overdose. Drugs should only be bought or obtained from a pharmacy or through a registered healthcare provider.

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