The CDC released several patient-centered materials aimed at educating people about opioid use for acute pain. All materials are free and available for download.

  • What You Need to Know outlines the differences in acute and chronic pain and what you need to know when prescribed opioids for acute pain management.
  • Get the Facts Infographic highlights important information about acute pain management for common conditions and injuries.
  • Know the Signs. Save a Life is a resource that identifies factors that can increase the risk of overdose and the steps to take to prevent overdose related death.

Communicating with Patients is a new training module designed to educate participants about effective communication strategies that promote healthy dialogue with patients regarding benefits and harms of opioids. This and other topics in the CDC’s online training series for healthcare providers, designed to help healthcare providers gain a deeper understanding of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, are available for free continuing education credit.

Training for Providers