Videos on Prescription Opioids

Help improve communication about prescription opioids. These videos complement the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and can be easily used as Public Service Announcements (PSAs), shared on social media, or featured in trainings and presentations.

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Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain

This video (3.5 min) describes when and how clinicians should initiate opioid tapering and outlines ways to support patients through the process. This includes working with patients to lower dosages or to taper and discontinue opioids, when appropriate. It provides tips to help clinicians include their patients in collaborative decision making and individualized tapering plans to support the specific needs of their patients.

Risk Factors

This video (3.5 min) addresses the various risk factors likely to increase susceptibility to opioid-associated harms and suggests strategies for mitigating these risks.

Identifying Risks When Prescribing Opioids pdf icon[PDF]: This clinician fact sheet highlights factors that can put patients at higher risk for opioid-related harms
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Even When Prescribed by a Doctor

Informational, 1-minute-31-second video that raises awareness about prescription opioids among the general public. Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and make informed decisions about pain management together.

When Benefits Outweigh the Risks

60-second PSA for healthcare providers that features two patients beginning opioid therapy. Prescription opioids can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but can also have serious risks and side effects. Refer to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to minimize patient risk.

Back on Track

 

60-second animated PSA for healthcare providers that highlights the risks of opioids and offers some nonopioid options for chronic pain management. Manage chronic pain, prevent opioid use disorder, and refer to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to minimize patient risk and save lives.

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