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Opioid Education Lags as Abuse Climbs
Date:10/18/2010

cidentally used at a future date. Yet the study shows that 34% save their unused medications in case of future pain. Only 7% flush them away as recommended.  

"Opioids can be an important part of an overall pain management strategy.  But they are powerful drugs and must be treated with care, " Cowan concludes.  "Our study indicates that we still have much work to do to ensure that individuals who can benefit from opioids  know how to take them, store them, and dispose of them properly.  Even one unintentional death is one too many."

For more information, contact the American Chronic Pain Association at 800.533.3231 or via email at ACPA@pacbell.net.

The American Chronic Pain Association, founded in 1980,  is a nonprofit organization providing help and hope to those suffering from chronic pain (pain that lasts six months or longer). Its mission is to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain and to raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain. The ACPA offers education in pain management skills and support groups  for those with chronic pain.  Its goal is to help people with pain take an active role in the recovery process so that they can improve the quality of their lives and reduce their sense of suffering.  


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