Opioids are a class of drugs that include:

  • Prescription pain medication such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • The U.S. Opioid Epidemic is impacting Missouri families and communities. The Department of Social Services (DSS) is dedicated to fighting this epidemic and is supporting the needs and protecting the health and safety of Missouri children and adults. 

    Learn more about how DSS is combating this health crisis.

    Talk with your doctor to see if some of these alternative options will work for managing your pain.

    Learn more about non-opioid treatments for chronic pain.

    If you are pregnant, make sure you understand the dangers of taking opioids while pregnant. Always talk to your doctor about medications that are safe for your baby.

    When used as directed, opioid medications safely control acute pain, such as after a surgery. However, the feelings of pleasure some experience while taking opioids can lead to opioid addiction and misuse. When opioids are misused, they can slow your breathing and heart rate, which can lead to death.

    Learn how to spot the signs of when pain medications become a problem.

    Keeping kids safe is everyone’s responsibility. Make sure you practice safe medicine storage properly dispose of leftover medicine at a drug takeback location.

    Abusing opioids is a major problem among young people, so its important you have a conversation with your child to protect them from drug misuse.

    There are programs around the state to help people with opioid addiction.

    If you or a loved one has a problem with opioids, you can contact a treatment program for help.

    There are also treatment options for individuals who are uninsured.