Prevention is key when it comes to preventing opioid misuse. Most people who develop an addiction to opioids begin with legitimate use of opioids, which then develops into misuse of opioids. Get informed about what to talk to your doctor about when trying to manage pain, and what to expect from your prescriber.
What to Do with Prescription Drugs in the Home
In order to protect yourself and family members from the misuse of prescription drugs, remove any expired, unwanted, or unused medications from your home and learn how to safely dispose of them.
If you have any prescription opioids that are still being used, learn how to safely store them.
How to Encourage Recovery
When individuals who have a substance use disorder are faced with discrimination and prejudice due to a lack of understanding about the disease, the stigma may keep them from seeking help and moving towards recovery. Learn how language can reduce stigma (PDF).