Patients



Patients can refer to these resources when prescribed or taking prescription pain medications; disposing of unused or unneeded medication; or searching for addiction treatment resources. These materials were created by either federal or state agencies in an effort to address the current drug overdose epidemic. Learn how to safely manage pain and how to have a discussion with your doctor about whether medication is appropriate for you.

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Take Charge of your health and safety when it comes to pain management. Explore the resources below to learn the facts about safe pain management practices, how to safely store and dispose of pain medications and treatment and recovery options

Brochure

Download this 4-page brochure to learn about safe pain management practices.
Brochure PDF (8½ x 11)

Handouts

Download these handouts to learn the warning signs of when someone is at risk of misusing or abusing prescription pain medication and safe pain management practices.
Handout #1 PDF (8½ x 11)
Handout #2 PDF (8½ x 11)

Posters

These posters on safe pain management and medication practices are available for download.
Poster #1 PDF (11 x 17)
Poster #2 PDF (11 x 17)
Poster #3 PDF (11 x 17)

Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet, written for patients, details the risks associated with taking prescription opioids as well as the options available to patients for alternative pain management.
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Pregnancy and Opioid Pain Medications Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet, written for patients, details what pregnant women should be aware of if they are taking opioids before, during and after pregnancy.
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What Are the Risks of Opioid Pain Medications?

This fact sheet focuses on the side effects and interactions of pain medication including opioid use disorder and overdose.
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Managing Your Pain: Which Approach is Right for You?

This fact sheet focuses on alternative pain management methods such as acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and meditation.
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What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Opioids are not right for everyone. They can have some very serious side effects. Ask your health care provider these questions BEFORE taking opioids.
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Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Expired, unwanted, or unused medicines should be removed from your home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine. Learn your options for safely getting rid of unneeded medications.
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Rx Drug Dropbox

Find the closest Rx Drug Dropbox to safely dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.
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Drug Disposal Site Locator

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy offers a tool to locate your closest drug disposal site.
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Ohio Pharmacies Dispensing Naloxone Without a Prescription

Find a pharmacy that offers naloxone without needing a prescription.
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Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management: Pacing Action Plan

Learning pacing techniques can be an effective tool to balance activity and rest. This resource includes pacing tips, which some people living with pain have found to be useful.
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SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
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Medication-Assisted Treatment: Know Your Rights

This brochure explains the Federal laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and how they protect people receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction (also known as “MAT”). MAT includes a medication (e.g., methadone, buprenorphine, oral naltrexone) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for opioid addiction detoxification or maintenance treatment.
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Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy

Learn about Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder during pregnancy with this factsheet from SAMHSA.
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