Opioid pain medication management - Opioids, part 4
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about opioid pain medication management. It explains that opioid medications can be used to treat acute (short term) pain as well as chronic (long lasting) pain. It summarizes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for doctors to help improve how opioids are prescribed for chronic pain, such as careful assessment of the patient's pain, setting up pain treatment goals, looking at a wide range of pain treatments, reviewing benefits and risks, overdose, and dependence on opioid medications. The document contains tips to help patients who have been prescribed opioids, including recommendations for taking medications as prescribed, keeping doctor's appointments and talking with the doctor about side effects and concerns, and safe storage or disposal of opioids.
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.