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Resources for Patients

Munson Healthcare

Munson Healthcare has developed several tools that can be displayed in waiting areas or shared with patients to educate them about the new law and how it may impact their care.

 

New Rules for Opioid Prescriptions

New Rules
(PDF)

Image of the brochure, "Talking with your doctor about pain control" from MI-OPEN.

Know the Risks
(PDF)

Patient information flyer

Patient Information Flyer
(PDF)

 

 

 

MI-OPEN

The Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (MI-OPEN) has multiple tools that can be displayed in waiting areas or shared patients to educate them about the new opiod law and how it may impact their care.

Brochure cover: Do you know the facts about opioid pain medications?

Know the Facts
(PDF)

Brochure cover: Talking with your doctor about pain control

Pain Control
(PDF)

Image of the brochure: Mindful Breathing

Mindful Breathing
(PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

Image of the brochure: Do you have leftover prescription pain medication?

Med Take Back
(PDF)

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Messages for Patients

  • Opioids can reduce pain during short-term use, but there is no evidence that opioids control chronic pain long-term.
  • Exercise, non-opioid medications, and other therapies are typically more effective with less harm.
  • Regular follow up visits are important during opioid therapy.
  • Precautions include checking drug monitoring databases, urine drug testing, and prescribing naloxone if needed to prevent fatal overdose.
  • Protect family and friends by storing medications in their original containers and securing in a locked place out of reach of children and pets.
  • Safely dispose of unused medications at a local drug take back site or, as a last resort, mix with dirt, kitty litter, or coffee grounds in a sealed container and dispose of in the trash. 

Medication Disposal

Safe disposal of unused or unneeded medications is critical for preventing abuse. 

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