Prescription Opioid Education Toolkit for Consumer Education

Consumer and Physician Education Materials

All across the United States, abuse of prescription opioid drugs continues to cause devastating consequences to individuals, their families and communities. Addiction, overdoses, suicides, crimes of theft, are but a few of the harmful and potentially lethal problems that can result from opioid abuse. The following resources are available to help educate and guide community members, physicians, people who suffer from addiction and those that care for them, about the dangers of opioid addiction.

Community Presentation - UPDATED (4/17/17)

Please view the opioid abuse community presentation here. To obtain a version of this PowerPoint in Word for adaptation, please contact Joanne Thomka. This version will instructor notes as well.

Attorney General Programs and Initiatives - UPDATED (6/15/17)

Please CLICK HERE to access a list of attorney general programs and initiatives listed by state.

Videos

The Center for Disease Control has created a video titled Change the Conversation About Opioid Use Disorders. The information discusses the connection between the chemistry of the brain and opioid addiction.

The Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy prevention video titled Road to Nowhere, designed for younger people, focuses on the dangers of taking drugs not prescribed to the user.

The Oregon Pain Guidance Group has created multiple videos from physicians and former addicts to help educate about chronic pain and overcoming the stigma of addiction.

The National Safety Council has created a Prescription Drug Community Action Kit that contains videos for dentists, doctors which are focused on a coordinated response to stop drug use.

Foundation For A Drug-Free World’s The Truth About Prescription Drug Abuse addresses the dangers of taking prescription drugs for non-medicinal purposes, including addiction and other adverse reactions.

The makers of Naloxone, an injectable drug used to reverse opiate overdoses, have created training videos about the administration of the drug and overdose education generally. In addition, many local law enforcement agencies have created videos for their officers in the local communities for their protocols and procedures.

Toolkits

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published a toolkit addressing opioid overdoses, including facts for community members, essential steps for first responders, information for prescribers, safety advice for patients and family members and recovery from opioid overdose. They have also designed another toolkit to assist prevention practitioners to work within their communities.

The Ohio Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team created the Health Resource Toolkit for Addressing Opioid Abuse which includes materials for preventing overdose deaths, promoting responsible prescribing and community case studies and much more.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World developed an information toolkit for teachers and educators titled Truth About Drugs which addresses many issues pertaining to young adults and substance abuse. 

The National Safety Council created a Prescription Drug Employer Kit. This tool can be used by employers to address workers’ compensation, employee opioid use.

Community Ant-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) online toolkit is comprised of strategic plans, facts and other tools designed to prevent and reduce medicinal drug abuse by teenagers.

Many state Department of Health offices have also prepared toolkits for use by physicians, patients and parents.

Employer Resources

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has joined with numerous other workplace organizations to form create a Drug Free Workplace Alliance. They are working together to provide information, training and guidance to create drug-free workplaces and to protect employees’ health and safety.

The National Safety Council has published informational materials pertaining to the impact of opioid use on employers and employees in the workplace, including healthcare costs, safety and productivity.  

Additional Resource Sites

The American Medical Association has informational resources for physicians and patients about trends pertaining to prescription drug use, addiction, overdose, and tips on how to talk to children when drug use is suspected.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy website contains information on the National Drug Control Strategy and how numerous organizations across the nation are implementing trainings, educational programs and research projects to combat prescription drug abuse and heroin use. There is also information about prevention efforts on the local, state, tribal and federal levels.

National Institute on Drug Abuse has materials available to assist medical and health professionals, education professionals, parents, teens and children in the field of drug abuse and addiction.

Partnership for a Drug Free Kids includes resources to help reduce substance abuse among adolescents.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to “reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Numerous resources pertaining to opioid use, addiction and prevention are included oat this site.

The American Pharmacists Association has created an Opioid Use, Abuse and Misuse Resource Center on the website which contains clinical and patient resources to assist in decision-making and communication between physicians and patients about opioid use.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway organization has numerous materials which address parental substance abuse and prevention for families affected by substance abuse. It provides information about the relationship between parental substance abuse and maltreatment and child welfare involvement.

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