OPIOID USE CAN TURN INTO MISUSE
Nearly 1 in 4 patients who are prescribed opioids long-term become addicted to them. (CDC) While prescription medications are not the main cause of current overdose numbers, the majority of people misusing opioids were exposed to substances through prescriptions or at a young age.
As a prescriber, you play an important role in helping reduce opioid misuse and addiction. Proper written and verbal communication and interaction can help patients better understand their opioid medications, risks, and options. Multiple studies have shown that over-the-counter doses of acetaminophen taken *at the same time* (not alternating) with over-the-counter doses of nonsteroidals are more effective for treating moderately severe acute pain than opioids—with no change in patient satisfaction and decreases in side effects.