-7 people a day die of opioid addiction in Pennsylvania alone.
-chronic non-cancer pain is real.
-over 16000 deaths per year in the United States.
Follow prescribing guidelines.
-Chronic Pain is a major health problem. It disturbs their daily life, work and functionality.
-Acute pain starts suddenly, may stop after a few weeks.
-Doctor shopping is on the rise.
– each prescription is issued for a legitimate medical purpose.
-people addicted to opioids are 40 times more likely to use heroin.
-Pills are for Ills, Not thrills: go to the website
-to treat pain, use physical therapy, cognitive behavior therapy beside medications.
-Understand the risks and benefits of opioid treatment
-Get Opioid Treatment Agreement
-Sign the Contract
-Do random urine drug screens
-don’t use marijuana or other street drugs
-Don’t divert your medication.
-Good moral values also help: Don’t lie or steal.