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.
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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.