Reducing the Risks of Opioid Abuse: How to Safely Use Prescription Painkillers
Prescription painkillers are a valuable tool in the medical arsenal, but they can also be dangerous if not used correctly. In this blog post, we will discuss how to safely use prescription opioids to reduce the risk of abuse and addiction. We will also provide information on how to get help if you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction.
Opioids are a class of drugs that includes both prescription painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin. They work by binding to receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which reduces the perception of pain. Opioids can be effective at treating pain, but they also come with a risk of addiction and abuse. There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of abusing opioids:
Talk to your doctor about your pain and other symptoms. Be honest about your medical history and any substance use disorders you may have.
Only take opioids as prescribed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or take them more often than directed.
Store opioids securely in a safe place where children or others cannot access them.
Dispose of unused opioids properly. Many pharmacies offer drug take-back programs or instructions on how to safely dispose of opioids.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, there is help available. You can call the National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (800-662-4800) for 24/seven, confidential treatment referrals and information.