Prevent Opioid Misuse

What You Can Do to Prevent Opioid Misuse


Work with your Doctor

Work with your doctor to create a plan on how to manage your pain – be an advocate for your own SAFE pain relief.

  • Know your options and consider ways to manage your pain that do not include opioids.
  • Talk to your doctor about any and all side effects and concerns. Try asking – “Would ibuprofen work instead?” “Are there any other options I can try?” “Can you prescribe only a few days’ worth?” or “What’s the least amount I can take?”
  • Make the most informed decision with your doctor.

Follow up regularly with your doctor.


Take and Store Opioids Properly

  • Never take opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed.
  • Never sell or share prescription opioids.
  • Store prescription opioids in a secure place, out of reach of others (including children, family, friends, and visitors).
  • If you have unused prescription opioids at the end of your treatment, find your nearest safe disposal location, local drug take back event, or use a drug deactivation system.
  • DO NOT take opioids with alcohol, illicit drugs and other depressant medications like Xanax, Valium, Soma, Ambien, etc.

2018 California Opioid Summit Video


Find Help & Treatment

If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or go to SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.