VHA Pain Management Education Programs
Taking Opioids Responsibly for Your Safety and the Safety of Others:
Patient Information Guide on Long-term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain
This link provides a patient information guide on taking opioids responsibly and safely. It is a document that is intended to help Veterans understand how the VA may use opioids as part of a pain treatment plan. It reviews specific "dos and don'ts" for taking opioids as well as how to manage side effects and prescriptions. Providers are encouraged to review, discuss, and distribute printed copies to Veterans, while Veterans are encouraged to use this tool to enhance communication with providers. Ensuring that Veterans are informed about opioid medications will help everyone work together to manage chronic pain more effectively.