Important information about opioid safety for chronic pain patients

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RICHMOND, Va - Dr. Anita Gupta, and Penney Cowan, Founder and CEO of American Chronic Pain Association, introduced the ‘America Starts Talking’ Campaign. To help prevent accidents with prescription opioids, America Starts Talking encourages patients to talk to their healthcare provider about tips for safe use: taking the medication as directed, interactions with other medications and/or alcohol, signs and symptoms of overdose, and having naloxone, an opioid antidote, in the home so that friends, family members or caregivers can rapidly intervene in the event of an opioid emergency, as encouraged by multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association for at-risk patients. For more information visit .