Alternatives to prescription opiates:
They do exist. Here’s what you can do.
- Tough it out. This is a hard option, but long-term, it carries none of the risks associated with taking prescription opiates.
- Use pain medication like ibuprofen. If your doctor wants to prescribe opiates for pain, consider requesting prescription-strength ibuprofen. Alternately, you can take over-the-counter Ibuprofen at the recommended dosage.
- Consider massage therapy. According to Massage Envy, “injury massage therapy can help reduce stiffness, restore movement, and provide relaxation.” Pain is a stressful experience. Massage therapy can reduce that stress.
- Consider acupuncture. This alternative discipline may help individuals who are struggling with pain.
- If you have to take an opioid, start with a lower dosage than your prescription. Do not increase the dosage. This may be less effective in treating pain, but it may also reduce the risk of addiction.
Cover2 Resources: Where we’re headed
Simply describing these alternatives isn’t enough. Ultimately, Cover2 Resources will develop an educational curriculum to provide in-person, hands-on instruction about the alternatives to prescription opioids.
At the moment, we are building community alliances and gathering resources to undertake this task. Once this educational program has been completed, we hope to bring it to grade schools, high schools, and colleges all across Ohio. If we can educate our youth about the dangers of prescription opioids, we can fight the opioid epidemic one life at a time.