• Responsible Use - Duration: 8 minutes, 14 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Those of us who reap the greatest benefit from using opioid drugs have the greatest responsibility for using our prescribed medications in a safe manner and making sure that no one else can use them.
  • Knowing the Difference - Duration: 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Tolerance and dependence are normal and natural. Addiction is abnormal and unnatural. When it's your pain and your quality of life that depend on making the right choice of medication, those are ...
  • Dependence - Duration: 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Whether it's insulin, blood thinners or anti-depressants -- everyone who relies on medications to maintain normal functions is in one sense or another dependent on that medication to do things thei...
  • Making Your Decision - Duration: 3 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    More than most other types of medications opioids will require you to be an active, observant, vocal participant in your own course of treatment.
  • Addiction - Duration: 7 minutes, 8 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Addiction is what happens when a drug stops being a means to an end and becomes an end in itself.
  • Tolerance - Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    The longer you use a medication the more accustom your body becomes to it, so after a while you may need to take higher doses of your medication to achieve the same pain relieving effect.
  • Storing Medications - Duration: 5 minutes, 55 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Tracking and recording our medication use, managing our dosage and understanding its interactions with other drugs are all part of using medications safely and responsibly. But just as important i...
  • Stopping Opioids - Duration: 3 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    You can stop using opioids, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. The wrong way is to simply decide on your own that you are going to quit taking your medication today, right now cold...
  • Opioid Controversy - Duration: 4 minutes, 43 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Despite the fact that opioids are widely and frequently prescribed, there is still disagreement in the medical community as to whether or not opioids are an appropriate treatment to chronic pain.
  • About Opioids - Duration: 7 minutes, 26 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    There are many kinds of prescription pain medications, but among the most powerful are a class of drugs called opioids which include morphine and codeine. Opioids can be used to relieve acute or ch...
  • Side Effects - General - Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Although opioids can be very effective in reducing someone's pain they also have side effects that you should be aware of. These side effects may be as minimal as causing some mild constipation, or...
  • Pain Agreements - Duration: 9 minutes, 29 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    Once you and your healthcare provider have decided on opioid therapy, you may be asked to sign what's called an opioid agreement; a form that says you understand that opioids are powerful drugs wit...
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    Using NSAIDs Safely & Effectively - Duration: 3 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    The only safe way to use NSAIDs is to take the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time.
  • Opioid Safety PSA - Times Square Version - Duration: 11 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    This ten-second version of the ACPA PSA will run through the 2013 Holiday Season on the big screen in New York's Time Square. It reminds people who use opioids to store them securely, dispose of t...
  • A Car With Four Flat Tires - Duration: 2 minutes, 3 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    A person with pain is like a car with four flat tires.
  • Relaxation Guide - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Tension increases pain. This five-minute relaxation exercise can help you let go of physical stress and begin to reduce your sense of suffering. If you enjoy this short relaxation experience, you m...
  • What is Chronic Pain? - Duration: 116 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    If you live with chronic pain, you know that chronic pain is different. Ed Covington, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Pain Management Program, explains some of the physiology of pain. For more...
  • Is There Life With Pain? - Duration: 2 minutes, 41 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Hear how some people with pain see their lives now. For more information about chronic pain and pain management please visit http://www.theacpa.org
  • Opioid Safetly: Public Service Announcement - Duration: 31 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Opioid Safety: Public Service Announcement. Every year more than 15,000 people aren't there anymore because they accidentally or knowingly misuse an opioid pain medication. If you've been prescrib...
  • Fibromyalgia PSA - Duration: 31 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Idaho's First Lady Lori Otter offers a message of hope for those living with chronic pain. For more information about chronic pain and pain management please visit theacpa.org
  • What ACPA Groups Offer - Duration: 113 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    Here members' thoughts about the value of the kind of peer support offered by ACPA groups. For more information about chronic pain and pain management visit http://www.theacpa.org
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