Opioid Medications

Question:  Is the use of opioid drugs such as oxycodone and codeine for medicinal purposes permissible? Answer: Bismihi Ta’ala Opioid drugs are those that are derived from opium.  These drugs are used for various medicinal purposes, such as relief of pain or cough. Common side effects of opioid medications include constipation, nausea, vomiting, sedation, impaired psychomotor function, and urinary retention.  In general, the consumption of intoxicating substances is impermissible according to the shariah.  Intoxication is defined in shariah as a state in which a person is insane and this can be as extreme as not being able to differentiate the … Continue reading Opioid Medications