The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SAMHSA have developed a series of fact sheets entitled Rx Pain Medications. Know the Options. Get the Facts. These fact sheets are designed to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as to educate patients who are prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and to provide resources on methods for alternative pain management.
Many of these fact sheets are relevant to older adults, and we will be sharing these fact sheets with you periodically this year. The first fact sheet that we are distributing as part of this effort focuses on alternative pain management methods such as acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and meditation.
To get the fact sheets, please click here.