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 surgery
- Using opioids safely
- Safe storage & disposal of opioids
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Learn how to safely store and dispose of your opioids, including:
- How to use Michigan OPEN’s Take Back Map to find an authorized disposal location in your community