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Prescription Opioids Counseling And Support At Your Local Community Pharmacy
Millions of Americans are prescribed opioid medications for pain management. In 2017 alone, six out of every ten people received a prescription for opioids by their doctors. While beneficial in treating pain in many patients, opioid medications can be risky for multiple reasons, which is why opioid safety is crucial. The risks of consuming opioids can range from overuse and physical dependence to effects far more devastating, such as accidental overdoses and even death.

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The reality of the opioid crisis in America is not unknown to most of us. One in three people knows of someone who is struggling with opioid addiction. However, there continues to be a lack of knowledge about the realities of the prescription opioid crisis and low awareness around seeking opioid education. Regardless of ethnicity, age, or socioeconomic status, the reality is that no demographic group is exempt from the effects of the opioid crisis.

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Moreover, patients usually derive a sense of security from the belief that as long as a doctor prescribes a medication - and provided that medication is taken as prescribed - it’s safe and free from harm. However, the stakes are high with opioids! Adverse effects such as accidental overdoses have already cost too many lives. Proper opioid education can go a long way in reducing and even eliminating some of the risks.

Appropriate opioid education can also help to prevent misuse and ensure patient safety. So, people in every community, including opioid users and their families, should be informed about the basics of opioid safety. This includes knowing what opioids are, the risks related to taking them, how to help those who may experience an accidental opioid overdose, and where to go for opioid counseling, support, and education.

The local community pharmacy has played a critical role in helping millions of Americans find access to the opioid support they may need as patients. As the community's most trusted and accessible healthcare provider, as well as the medication expert on the healthcare team, the pharmacist can scope out pain levels and help determine the right treatment plan, explain how medications work together, as well as review signs and symptoms. In addition, the caring staff at your local community pharmacy is well-qualified to provide the following:
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Opioid counseling services.
Consultations for prescription opioid patients designed to ensure safe use, as well as collaboration with physicians to ensure optimal health.
Dispensing overdose medication.
Providing caretakers with life-saving opioid overdose medications, such as naloxone, and training them on how to use it.
Opioid education and opioid support.
Community education on the realities, risks, and signs of opioid use and resources to support caretakers and family members.
Safe disposal programs and services.
Resources to ensure safe disposal of prescription opioids to help decrease misuse.

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