Empower patients and caregivers to avoid unintentional misuse
Reinforce proper opioid use by reviewing the following topics with patients and caregivers:
- What opioids are and why they are prescribed
- How opioids work
- The difference between opioid formulations (IR and ER)
- Proper use of opioid medications
- Defining opioid misuse. Learn more
- The consequences of opioid misuse
- Ways to prevent opioid misuse
- Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations
Help patients and caregivers stay smart about opioids
- The educational resources listed below can be downloaded from the toolbar to the right
- Print these materials and send patients and caregivers home with them today
- Print the tools below and send patients and caregivers home with them today
Patient FAQ Brochure: The answers to patients’ frequently asked questions about opioids are provided in this brochure.
Caregiver Brochure: Caregivers often play an important role in the lives of your patients. This brochure provides them with the information they need to know about opioids, from proper use to signs of misuse.
Administration Tracker: Encourage patients to play an active role in their treatment by keeping track of how they take their medication and how they’re feeling. Ask that they bring their tracker with them each time they see you to help facilitate a discussion about their treatment progress.
Take-back Flashcard: Many patients and caregivers aren’t aware of the guidelines for disposing of unused or expired opioid medication. This flashcard provides instructions for proper disposal.
For information about how ADFs can help reduce the risk of opioid misuse, click here.
As you know, opioids are not appropriate for all patients. But for those who are ideal candidates, education and practice of safe and proper use is essential for treatment success.