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Never take an opioid

To reduce risks associated with opioids, consider these eight safety tips from the American Academy of Pain Medicine:

Never take an opioid pain medication that is not prescribed to you

Never adjust your own doses

Never mix with alcohol

Taking sleep aids or anti-anxiety medications together with opioid pain medication can be dangerous

Always tell your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking from any source

Keep track of when you take all medications

Keep your medications locked in a safe place

Safely dispose of any unused medications

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