If you or someone you know needs assistance for substance use, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline or use their treatment facility look-up feature to find local providers.
National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Resources for Individuals
12 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
To successfully manage your pain while minimizing addiction risks, it’s imperative to discuss your options with your physician and ask as many questions as possible before taking an opioid medication.
How to Dispose of Unused Medications
Don’t hang onto old pills, just in case. In 2016, overprescribing left 3.3 billion pills unused by patients making them available for potential diversion or misuse.
Co-occurring Disorder: Addiction & Mental Health
When someone has more than one medical issue, each disease experienced can be worse than if experienced individually. Co-occurring conditions that involve addiction and mental health are particularly common because similar areas of the brain are involved in both.
There are appropriate and medically necessary uses for prescription opioids. But opioids are highly addictive. Someone who is misusing opioids is taking prescription opioids without a prescription, taking the wrong dosage of prescribed opioids, or using illicit opioids.
Resources for Employers
Risk Factors for Prescription Pain Medication Misuse
Prescription pain medications can be misused by anyone regardless of age, gender, race, or occupation. However, certain groups are more likely than others to misuse prescription pain medications or become addicted to opioids.
How Prescription Opioids May Be Affecting Your Workers Compensation Program
The National Council on Compensation Insurance estimates that prescription drugs account for about 25% of workers’ compensation medical costs.
Steps to Update a Drug Free Workplace Program to Address Prescription Drugs
Human resource managers and safety professionals know the importance of a healthy workforce that is free from drugs and alcohol.