Opioids are a class of drugs that have an effect on the opioid receptors that results in a morphine-like outcome. For medical purposes, opioids are used for pain relief and anesthesia. Secondary medical use can be diarrhea suppression, reversing opioid overdose, suppressing cough.
There are extremely potent opioids, such as carfentanil, which is only approved for veterinary use.
In the state of Massachusetts, there have been reports of abuse of opioids meant for pets by their owners. Apparently, people are so desperate for drugs that they take the medication that has been prescribed for their pets.
The veterinary officials and the local police are planning on an outreach program to educate the veterinary professionals on how to advise the owners and prevent this abuse in the future.
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