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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:

Managing Your Pain After Surgery (Adults)

Learn more about how to successfully manage your pain after surgery using over-the-counter (OTC) medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin), non-medication options and using opioids if prescribed by your surgeon.

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

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

Michigan Opioid Laws

This poster, placed in your waiting or exam rooms, helps patients understand the requirements and limitations, mandated by Michigan law, when writing for prescription opioids.

Only available for organizations in Michigan

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

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

  • Mindful breathing
  • Positive daily reflection