Opioid Potency Comparison Topic Guide
Opioid Potency Comparison: The opioid potency comparison chart lists the potency of narcotic medications. Each narcotic requires a different dose for effectiveness. The chart shows how quickly a drug will start working, and the length of time it lasts. Drugs listed include morphine, oxycodone, and codeine.
Narcotic Abuse In 2007, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services reported that 21% of people over 12 years of age used prescription painkillers nonmedically. Narcotic abuse is when people use narcotics for reasons apart from the narcotic's pain-relief purpose. Signs and symptoms of narcotic abuse include euphoria, shallow breathing, small pupils, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, confusion, and needle marks on the skin. Treatment involves addressing the long-term psychological dependence associated with narcotic abuse and administering medications such as buprenorphine, clonidine, and naltrexone to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.