How to Prevent Misuse of Opioids

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.

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Image from: National Safety Council, 2015

What to Do with Prescription Drugs in the Home

In order to protect yourself and family members from the misuse of prescription drugs, remove an 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.

Community Support and Resources

If you or someone you know has a substance use disorder, know that recovery is possible for anyone. Locate treatment and support services here.

If you or someone you know has an opioid dependence, learn how to recognize and respond to an overdose, and view upcoming naloxone training events for the community.