Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) and illicit opioids (like heroin and illegally made fentanyl) are powerful drugs that have a risk of a potentially fatal overdose. Anyone who uses opioids can experience an overdose. Some tips to avoid an overdose include:
Take medication only if it has been prescribed to you by your doctor.
Do not take more medication or take it more often than instructed.
Call your doctor if your pain gets worse.
Never mix pain medications with alcohol, sleeping pills, or any illicit substance.
Store your medication(s) in a safe place where children and pets cannot reach it.
Learn the signs of an overdose and how to use naloxone to keep it from becoming fatal.
Teach your family and friends how to respond to an overdose.