Know Your Options
Chronic pain management can be difficult. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your pain that do not involve prescription opioids. Non-opioid treatments such as physical therapy, exercise, non-opioid medications, or cognitive behavioral therapy can provide an effective alternative for pain management. For more information, see Helpful Materials for Patients or Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain (PDF).
Store Medication Safely
Your medications are for you only, and they may be unsafe for someone else. Keeping your pain medications in cabinets or drawers can be dangerous. Protect your family members and friends from taking drugs not meant for them. Store prescription pain meds up and out of sight in a secure, locked location. For more information, read about how to Store Prescription Pain Meds Safely.
Unused prescription medications in homes create a safety concern. Protect your family and friends by getting rid of unused medications safely. Local disposal locations and Take Back Day events have free disposal of unused medications. Your local pharmacy may be a place that can help you turn in your unused medications. To find a pharmacy near you that has collection bins or mail-back envelopes, use the California State Board of Pharmacy locator.