Massachusetts Medical Society: The Use and Misuse of Opioids - Patients

The Use and Misuse of Opioids - Patients

Education & Resources for Patients, Families, Caregivers, and Educators

Everyone has a responsibility to help reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by following prescription directions, practicing safe storage and disposal of their medications, and understanding more about opioids and the inherent risks of these medications. It is always  important to ask your health provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medication. Never share your prescription medication or keep unused medication. Addiction is a preventable disease. Talk with your health care provider if you are concerned about the risks of addiction or if you or someone you know may need treatment. Learn CPR and carry naloxone if you know someone who may be at risk for overdose, it can save a life. 

What everyone should know 
About Opioids
About the Opioid Epidemic
About Pain Management
About Physical Dependence, Tolerance and Addiction

Preventing Opioid Use Disorder
Questions to Ask When You Receive an Opioid Prescription
Prevention: Talking with Your Kids About the Dangers Opioids
Teenage Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse
Safe Storage and Disposal

Getting Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Working with your doctor
Evidence Based Treatment – Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Where to Find Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Massachusetts 

Harm Reduction
Overdose Prevention Naloxone Information and Resources 
Needle Exchange Programs

Patient Resources
Support Groups

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