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People prescribed opioid pain relievers may be at risk of developing an opioid use disorder – without knowing it.
In analyzing the results of a public opinion poll conducted by NSC in 2017, several conclusions jump off the page:
More than half of people who misuse opioid pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. Store medications in a locked medicine cabinet or a lock box. Safely dispose of unneeded medications instead of letting them fall into the wrong hands:
There are alternatives to opioids that may offer equal or better pain relief. To ensure you are prescribed an opioid only if you really need it, get “Opioids: Warn-Me” labels from the National Safety Council. A Warn-Me label on an insurance card or prescription card is a sign to doctors and pharmacists that you want answers to the following questions:
Mixing alcohol or other drugs with opioid pain relievers can have dangerous effects:
A medical professional may prescribe opioids as part of an effective pain management plan. Patients should be monitored closely and opioids should be used at the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time. Some people may be prescribed opioids long-term for chronic pain; this decision should be made carefully and after non-opioid treatments have not worked.
Treat over-the-counter and prescription drugs with caution:
Warn children that taking a drug that wasn't prescribed to them is just as dangerous as illegal drugs:
Opioid users come face to face with those who have lost loved ones to overdose in this powerful short film.
Warn-me labels for insurance cards let medical professionals know you want to talk about opioids, their risks and alternatives.
Meet survivors and find resources to mobilize your community in this free NSC Prescription Drug Community Action Kit.
Before taking opioid painkillers, ask your doctor if another option is better for you.
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