Education Can Help Prevent Prescription Opioid Misuse

Learn about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.

The Rights, Risks and Responsibilities of Opioid Use

Pain is a common medical problem that can be treated. The keys to getting the most benefit out of pain treatment are to learn as much as you can about any treatments your healthcare professional (HCP) prescribes, to follow their instructions and talk to your HCP or pharmacist about anything that concerns you.

If you or a loved one is currently taking prescription opioids, or if opioids are discussed or recommended as part of your treatment regime, it is important to understand your rights, risks and responsibilities.


Talk to your HCP about your pain relief options and how your opioid prescription is filled. Some states allow for partial-fill, which limits the amount of the prescription patients take home initially. Partial-fill prescription options help to limit leftover pills in circulation and minimize unnecessary opioid use.


Prescription opioids carry serious risk of dependence, addiction or overdose, especially with prolonged use. Talk to your HCP and make sure you understand these potential risks and side effects.


You can help prevent misuse and abuse by properly storing your prescription opioids in a secure place and then safely disposing of any unused medication. Opioids are powerful medicines and can be dangerous when used in ways they are not intended.

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Knowing the rights, risks and responsibilities of prescription opioid use is an important first step. Learn more about actionable steps you can take to prevent abuse and misuse.

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