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.