Opioid Patient Education
Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. It is important to work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the safest, most effective care. Read this fact sheet from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association to find out what you need to know about prescription opioids.
Opioids (such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine) are not right for everyone. They can have some very serious side effects. Ask your health care provider these questions BEFORE taking opioids.
If, at some point, you have unused (or expired) opioids, it is important to dispose of them as soon as you can. If you don’t get rid of them, you run the risk of taking them by mistake, or someone else might take them. What are the best way to get rid of opioids? Find out here. (Spanish version)