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As the most important member of your healthcare team, you should have all the pertinent information you need to talk to your doctor about your post-surgery pain management plan. From the basics about opioids to safe handling and disposal, we offer tools to help you determine what’s best for you and your health. Here you’ll find answers concerning:
Identifying opioids prescribed to you
What to expect after surgery
Determining your individual risk for opioid dependency
Using opioids safely for pain management
See the latest information for patients:

Sharps and Liquids Disposal

Unsure of the best way to dispose of your needles, lancets, or liquid opioids? Check out our handy stock-card with tips and resources.

Managing Your Pain After Surgery Without Opioids (Adults)

Recent studies have shown that surgical pain can be managed using non-opioid, over-the-counter pain medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen). This three-page guide can be provided to patients to help understand how to manage post-operative pain.

Medication Disposal

This poster, when placed in exam rooms, will facilitate discussion on the safe disposal of unused opioids. Additionally, two QR codes link to OPEN’s patient education brochure and map of permanent disposal locations.

Dental – Learn the Facts: Opioids and Pain Management

Ask questions and know the facts before using opioids for your pain.

  • What is an opioid?
  • Understanding the risks of using opioids
  • Understanding pain after a dental procedure
  • Using opioids safely
  • Safe storage & disposal of opioids

Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (CDC)

Intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose.

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Referral Resources

This one-page guide provides information on where to find ‘Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Referral Resources’ in the following Michigan counties: Genesee, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Kent, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Learn the Facts: Naloxone

Learn about what naloxone is and how to safely administer it.

  • What is naloxone?
  • What is it used for?
  • Instructions for administering Narcan® intranasal spray
  • Harm-reduction methods

Managing Pain After Dental Care

  • Discussing pain management with your dentist
  • Understanding acute dental pain
  • Instructions for use of over-the-counter-pain medications
  • Non-drug options for pain management

Managing Pain After Surgery

  • Discussing pain management with your surgeon
  • Understanding acute surgical pain
  • Instructions for use of over-the-counter pain medications
  • Non-drug options for pain management

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Learn two non-medication strategies for managing pain and anxiety:

  • Mindful breathing
  • Positive daily reflection