Risks, Benefits & Alternatives to Opioid Medications

Provider and patient education will address opioid misuse and identify when benefits exceed risks. 


Online Resources

CDC – Patient Opioid Factsheet

CDC Opioid Guideline Mobile App

US Department of Health and Human Services – Prevent Opioid Abuse and Addiction

U.S. Department of Education – Combating the Opioid Crisis and other Substance Misuse

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Opioid Overdose

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Nebraska’s Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring of Opioid Use

CMS Roadmap – Fighting the Opioid Crisis

HHS – Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

Opioid Oral Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) Conversion Table


Nebraska GWEP Created Resources

Opioid related overdose deaths continue to increase, with overdose deaths among adults aged 65 and older increasing more than five times from 1999 to 2019. To increase knowledge, the Nebraska Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program created provider and patient materials to enhance opioid education and awareness for healthcare professionals and patients.

Opioid Education Brochure

Opioid Pocket Card (Source table located here)

Opioid Education Brochure for Patients – English

Opioid Education Brochure for Patients – Spanish

Social Isolation and Alcohol Use

Social Isolation and Alcohol Use – Spanish


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