Most Utahns struggling with opioid addiction received their first opioid prescription to treat a short-term injury or after surgery.
To manage pain, opt out of opioids. Some of these treatments may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects:
78% of Utahns report talking to their doctor about alternatives to opioids for managing their pain.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends opioids be reserved for cancer and end-of-life care.
Before starting any pain therapy, have a conversation with your doctor about treatment milestones, including attainable goals for pain and function. Oftentimes, being 100 percent pain-free is not a realistic goal.