Protect Your Community
Safe Prescribing Saves Lives
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the risk of opioid use disorder, overdose, and death. There are many resources available to help guide doctors in their opioid prescription management. Is your doctor ready to be proactive in identifying and helping patients at risk for prescription drug abuse?
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
- The Search and Rescue Program provides tools and resources to help doctors navigate the opioid crisis
- Check out an Opioid Crisis Infographic (PDF) from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Take Action to Make a Difference in Your Community
Local grassroots efforts are vital to changing attitudes, educating families and effectively changing behavior around opioids. Each locality in RVA has a coalition dedicated to education, prevention, and treatment of substance use issues. Your voice can make a difference. Together, we can solve this crisis. Select your community and see how you can get involved:
More Ideas to Help Your Community
For more ideas to help your community understand and prevent the opioid epidemic, check out the action plan to fight the opioid epidemic from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.