Prescription painkillers are powerful drugs that interfere with the nervous system’stransmission. Thus, most painkillers stimulate portions of the brain associated with pleasure by blocking pain. They produce a “high” relieving the pain.
The most powerful The most powerful prescription painkillers are opioids, which are opium-like compounds. These react on the nervous system in the same way as drugs derived from the opium poppy do. Abused opioid painkillers include oxycodone. hydrocodone, meperidine, hydromorphone and propoxyphene.
Oxycodone has the greatest potential for abuse and the greatest dangers. It is as powerful as heroin and affects the nervous system the same way.