Opioids can be prescription medications — often referred to as painkillers — or they can be illicit, or so-called street drugs, such as heroin.
Opioids are a powerful and extremely dangerous class of drug; they are often the leading cause of any fatal drug overdose. Withdrawal from any form of opioids or heroin can be especially painful and uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. Opioids and heroin addiction have become and epidemic. It is best to detox from opioids or heroin under the supervision of a medical professional or healthcare facility that can adequately address the physical discomfort and any medical issues that may arise from withdrawal.