Opioid Information & Resources

OPIOIDS: Know the Risks

What are opioids?

Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. It is important to work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the safest, most effective care.

Common opioids include:
• Codeine
• Fentanyl
• Hydrocodone
• Hydromorphone
• Meperidine
• Methadone
• Morphine
• Oxycodone

Additional Resources:
A Parent's Guide to Fentanyl
Protecting Children from Online Drug Dealers

What are the risks and side effects?

Prescription opioids carry serious risks of addiction and overdose, especially with prolonged use. An opioid overdose, often marked by slowed breathing, can cause sudden death. The use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects as well (even when taken as directed):

• Tolerance
• Physical dependence
• Increased sensitivity to pain
• Constipation
• Nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth
• Sleepiness and dizziness
• Confusion
• Depression
• Low levels of testosterone that can result in lower sex drive, energy, and strength
• Itching and sweating

What factors put me at risk?

• History of drug misuse, substance use disorder, or overdose
• Mental health conditions
• Sleep apnea
• Age (65 years or older)
• Women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant

Where can I get help for addiction?

There are many organizations within Cuyahoga County for addiction treatment. A few are listed here. Good luck!

Alcohol, Drug Addiction &  Mental Health Services (ADAMHS)
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. Reach them by phone at (216) 241-3400.

Recovery Resources
Recovery Resources, one of Cleveland's premier behavioral healthcare organizations, offers high-quality services for anyone 18 or older including:

  • Assessment
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Case management
  • Education and prevention
  • Psychiatric and medication management services
  • Assist Now (Employee Assistance Programs)

Recovery Resources is located at 3950 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114 and can be reached by phone at (216) 431-4131.

AA Meetings in Ohio

AA Ohio is a state-wide recovery resource devoted to supporting the men and women of Ohio. AA Ohio helps individuals struggling with alcoholism find the help they need on a local basis as well as with Ohio based rehabs. Discover Ohio Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per county or city, and take the next step to overcome alcohol addiction.

Women's Recovery Center
Providing comprehensive addiction treatment for women and their families. The Center is located at 6209 Storer Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44102 and can be reached by phone at (216) 651-1450

Chart of Cuyahoga County Overdose Deaths 2006-2017