Tools & Resources
for Your Patients

Create a Foundation of Knowledge

Patient education can be a key component in helping prevent and manage opioid abuse.

By helping patients better understand how they can remove opioids from their home, find questions to ask prescribers, and access opioid information and facts, you can give them the foundation they need.

  • Safely Removing Opioids From the Home
    Safely Removing Opioids From the Home
    Information on how to keep families and their communities safe by disposing of unused or expired prescription opioids in the home.
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  • Opioid Patient Fact Sheet
    Opioid Patient Fact Sheet
    Easy-to-understand opioid information for patients from the CDC.
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  • When Pain Relievers Are Prescribed to Teens & Young Adults
    When Pain Relievers Are Prescribed to Teens & Young Adults
    Insights on what parents should know when pain relievers are prescribed to their children, and what to ask their doctor.
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  • Free eBook on Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids
    Free eBook on Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids
    How the epidemic began, how to keep the community safe, and how to help a loved one.
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  • Medication Safety Text Messaging Program
    Medication Safety Text Messaging Program
    Patients can receive tips and important safety information about their opioid prescription.
    Download Patient Handout

*This campaign is supported by the FDA of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of financial assistance award U18FD004593, with 100% funded by the FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, the FDA/HHS or the US Government.

References
  1. Drug overdose deaths up 29.4% in 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm
  2. Vowles KE, McEntee ML, Julnes PS, Frohe T, Ney JP, van der Goes DN. Rates of opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction in chronic pain: a systematic review and data synthesis. Pain. 2015;156(4):569-576.
  3. Why guidelines for primary care providers? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed August 6, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guideline_infographic-a.pdf
  4. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed August 6, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdmp/providers.html
  5. PDMP policies and practices. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center website. Accessed August 6, 2021. https://www.pdmpassist.org/Policies
  6. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Accessed September 9, 2021. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR1PDFW090120.pdf
  7. Jones CM. Heroin use and heroin use risk behaviors among nonmedical users of prescription opioid pain relievers—United States, 2002-2004 and 2008-2010. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013;132(1-2):95-100.
  8. Issue brief: Nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic continues to worsen. American Medical Association website. https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/issue-brief-increases-in-opioid-related-overdose.pdf
  9. U.S. state opioid dispensing rates, 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed September 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/rxrate-maps/state2019.html