Utah Needs to Break Up with Opioids

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:

  • A combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®)
  • Naproxen (Aleve®)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Certain medications that are also used for depression or seizures
  • Interventional therapies (injections)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Changing the Expectation

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.