Contemplating an operation? Had an injury? Have old opioid prescriptions around the house and want to safely dispose of them? Scroll down to find a curated, searchable list of opioid information for patients.
What do we know about how much opioid pain medication most people need after a given operation or injury?
What are the best alternatives to opioids? What’s the best way to have well-controlled pain after surgery or injury?
What are the proper methods for safe disposal of unused opioids to ensure they are not diverted into your community?
WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?
Opioids are a type of medication mostly prescribed for pain control. Opioids are strong medications that must be prescribed and managed by a health care professional. They can cause serious side effects, including decreased breathing rates, sleepiness, nausea and vomiting, and constipation. It is possible to become addicted to prescription opioids, and they are commonly abused by people other than the person for whom the prescription was written. Common prescription opioid pain medications include codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and tramadol. These medications may be given alone or combined with other medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).