Opioid Safety

Posted:June 2, 2017

Medicare Part D plans cover opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl for pain relief, but with strict quantity limits on how many pills can be dispensed in one prescription. It’s also common for pain medications to require a prior authorization. This is due to the unfortunate reality of opioid misuse and addiction.

For more information on opioid safety, the American Academy of Pain Medicine published an eight point list of opioid safety principles.

An overlooked aspect of opioid safety is the safe disposal of unused medications after the end of a pain management regimen. Unused opioids can always be brought to a police station or DEA-authorized collection site. You can also check with your local pharmacy to see if they have a secure drop box program.