Prescription opioid medications serve an effective role in pain management, but growing abuse of these drugs has reached epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania. To fight back, the Pennsylvania Medical Society has created a public advocacy program called:
Opioids for Pain: Be smart. Be safe. Be sure.
This program has several simple goals:
The key points of the Opioids for Pain program:
Educate citizens in your district through these resources. PAMED has created posters for you to distribute at events and ready-made stories and images to add to your newsletter, website and social media pages.
Learn five ways you can take the lead in addressing opioid abuse and misuse with your patients. PAMED has also created printable tear-off sheets and waiting room posters for physicians to use.
Patients need to work with their physicians to be smart, safe and sure about opioid use. PAMED resources include seven questions patients should ask their physician as well as a list of where they can drop off unused medications.
Download copy of Opioids for Pain: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure logo for use in your publication or website
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