Pain Awareness Month highlights importance of educated pain management.

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Talk with your doctor and find out what’s right for you


September is Pain Awareness Month, a national observance created to increase awareness about the effects of pain and on advanced treatment options. Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans – more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. And while opioids are an appropriate choice for some, we urge everyone to ask questions, know the risks and get the facts.


If your healthcare provider is considering prescribing you opioids, here are some questions to ask, from the Centers for Disease Control:


Is an opioid necessary?
What are the risks?

What are the benefits?
How long should I take this?
Are there alternatives?
What do we hope to accomplish by using an opioid?
How will I know when we’ve met our goal?


And if your child’s doctor or dentist wants to prescribe painkillers:

Ask about non-opioid alternatives.

Ask for the lowest possible dosage for the shortest amount of time possible.

Ask when your child should stop taking the medication.

Talk with your child about the dangers of misuse.

Don’t allow your child to self-administer the pills.

Control and monitor the pills. Track doses on a log.

Take any unused medications to a drug drop box.


Making decisions about treating pain is difficult, and the Mid-Shore Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) coalition hopes to help people understand more about pain management, while reminding people not to shame or stigmatize those who are prescribed opioids.


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The Mid-Shore Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) is comprised of health departments, organizations and agencies in all five Mid-Shore counties: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. The program is the first collaboration of its kind and focuses on preventing opioid use, misuse and abuse. The program is supported by SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration. I Wish I Knew is the program’s media campaign.


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