Opioid addiction in the U.S has reached epidemic proportions, with prescription opiate addiction being one of the biggest drug problems today affecting almost every community and family in some way. Prescription opioids are a class of drugs that act in the nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure and pain relief. When suffering from a minor ache or pain over the counter pain relievers usually are enough to provide you with relief. However, if your pain is severe enough you may be prescribed opioids. Prescription opioids are often times prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health-related conditions such as cancer. Regular use – even as prescribed by a doctor – can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to overdose incidents and deaths.