VHA Pain Management
Opioid Safety - Veteran/Patient Education
Patient and family education is one of the foundations of high-quality pain care. This section is regularly updated and contains links to high-quality information about pain and its treatment.
|VA/DoD CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR OPIOID THERAPY FOR CHRONIC PAIN - Patient Summary (PDF)||Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense||Brief overview of chronic pain, its treatment, and key common questions patients have about opioid medications|
|What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids *||FDA US Food & Drug Administration||Questions Veterans/patient should ask their health care professional when getting a new prescribription for opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine.|
|What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids: A Checklist (PDF)*||FDA US Food & Drug Administration||Bring this opioid questions checklist to your doctor’s office|
|Taking Opioids Responsibly for your Safety and the Safety of Others (PDF)||VA National Center for Ethics in HealthCare||Patient Information Guide on Opioids for Chronic Pain|
|Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit - Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members (PDF) *||Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)||This information offers safety advice for patients & family members to help prevent opioid-related overdoses.|
|Opioid Factsheet for Patients (PDF) *||Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)||Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know|
|CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - Guideline for Patients *||Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)||Living with chronic pain can be challenging. It is essential that you and your doctor discuss treatment options with all of the risks and benefits carefully considered.|
|Prescribe to Prevent - Patient Videos *||Prescribe to Prevent||Patient resources and videos demonstrating overdose recognition and response, including naloxone administration.|
Opioids - Resource Topics
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