8 Sequential Educational Posts 

Below is a sequence of 8 educational posts for use on Montana State University Extension Facebook fan pages, Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Post Sequence #1: Are you taking opioids?

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Prescription opioids can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but can also have serious risks and side effects.  If you want to know more about the risks visit https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html?fbclid=IwAR259Xp-cXrNQAqIGP3s0cKwkbybBqjzEGoAcMgvYr49V7lSm2CsX1s08dY #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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Post Sequence #2: Who is at risk? (Option 1)

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who is at risk for opioid misuse?

 

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Prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. Opioid misuse happens across all ages and income levels, sometimes beginning with a simple prescription after an accident or injury. Hear Mike's story and how this happened to him: https://www.cdc.gov/rxawareness/stories/mike.html  #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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opioid misuse sometimes begins with a simple prescriptino after an accident or injury

 

Post Sequence #2: Who is at risk? (Option 2)

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American Indian and Alaska Natives had the second highest opioid overdose death rates in 2017

 

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Opioid misuse happens across all ages & income levels in Montana, but data shows Montana's Native communities at higher risk. Hear from Charlie Four Bear on his path to healing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54gG3UpMr0M #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife
(Source data from photo: https://www.ihs.gov/opioids/data/) 

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American Indian and Alaska Natives had the second highest opioid overdose death rate in 2017


 

Post Sequence #3: Older adults are at risk (Option 1)

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 Older adults are at risk of opioid misuse

 

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43% of Montana's opioid overdose deaths occur in people aged 45 and older. To find out more about how to prevent opioid overdose, visit https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Resources/Brochures/docs/Older_Adults_and_Medication_Safety.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1htFKAKhFTiO1t4_UPt8C8JZRKUg-A18dUEVEHFk_DgFnj_Lpyc8jkfns#eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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People aged 45 and older are at a special risk of opioid overdose

 

Post Sequence #3: Older adults are at risk (Option 2)

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 Older adults are at risk of opioid misuse

 

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43% of Montana's opioid overdose deaths occur in people aged 45 and older. To find out more about how to prevent opioid overdose, visit https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Resources/Brochures/docs/Older_Adults_and_Medication_Safety.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1htFKAKhFTiO1t4_UPt8C8JZRKUg-A18dUEVEHFk_DgFnj_Lpyc8jkfns#eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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People aged 45 and older are at a special risk of opioid overdose

 


 

Post Sequence #4: Opioids are addictive, take as directed.

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opioids should be taken as directed

 

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Because opioids are addictive and dangerous, Montana passed a law in 2019 limiting naive users to 7 day prescriptions. Ask your doctor about steps you can take to avoid developing an addiction to these powerful drugs. #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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Opioids can only be prescribed to naive patients for 7 days in Montana

 


 

Post Sequence #5: How opioids change your brain chemistry

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How opioids change your brain chemistry

 

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When taking opioids, over time the brain adapts by reducing its number of opioid receptors. Brain cells may even produce less of the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, dopamine. The changes that happen in the brain result in tolerance (needing to take more and more for the same effects) and withdrawal (very unpleasant symptoms when the drug is not available). This is why medication assisted treatment is recommended. MAT treatment can relieve stress on the brain so the brain can return to its original state. #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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opioids, brain chemistry, dopamine, and needing to take more and more opioids for the same effect

 


 

Post Sequence #6: What does recovery from opioid misuse look like?  Medical & Counseling, also referred to as MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) (Option 1)

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what does recovery from opioid misuse look like?  medication assisted treatment

 

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In order to successfuly recover from opioid addiction, a combination of medication and counseling is recommended. On average, it takes 14 months for the brain to chemically allow a person to feel good again. Read more about MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment#medications-used-in-mat #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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In order to successfuly recover from opioid addiction, a combination of medication and counseling is recommended.

 

 

Post Sequence #6: What does recovery from opioid misuse look like?  Medical & Counseling, also referred to as MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) (Option 2)

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what does recovery from opioid misuse look like?  medication assisted treatment

 

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In order to successfuly recover from opioid addiction, a combination of medication and counseling is recommended. On average, it takes 14 months for the brain to chemically allow a person to feel good again. Read more about MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment#medications-used-in-mat #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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In order to successfuly recover from opioid addiction, a combination of medication and counseling is recommended.

 


Post Sequence #7: Avoid an accidental overdose (Option 1)

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how to avoid an accidental opioid overdose

 

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Many Montanans require long term opioid use for chronic pain management care. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid an accidental opioid overdose, including an overdose reversal agents called Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) #knowyourdose https://www.cdc.gov/ drugoverdose/pdf/patients/ Preventing-an-Opioid-Overdo se-Tip-Card-a.pdf #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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Many Montanans require long term opioid use for chronic pain management care. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid an accidental opioid overdose, including an overdose reversal agents called Naloxone (also known as Narcan®)

 

Post Sequence #7: Avoid an accidental overdose (Option 2)

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how to avoid an accidental opioid overdose

 

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Many Montanans require long term opioid use for chronic pain management care. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid an accidental opioid overdose, including an overdose reversal agents called Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) #knowyourdose https://www.cdc.gov/ drugoverdose/pdf/patients/ Preventing-an-Opioid-Overdo se-Tip-Card-a.pdf #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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Many Montanans require long term opioid use for chronic pain management care. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid an accidental opioid overdose, including an overdose reversal agents called Naloxone (also known as Narcan®)

 


Post Sequence #8: Taper off from your opioid prescription

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why tapering off from opioid medications is important

 

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You could experience pain and other unpleasant symptoms if you suddenly stop taking opioids. Talk to your doctor about gradually reducing your opioids in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-identifies-harm-reported-sudden-discontinuation-opioid-pain-medicines-and-requires-label-changes #eldercare #opioids #rxawareness #montanalife

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You could experience pain and other unpleasant symptoms if you suddenly stop taking opioids. Talk to your doctor about gradually reducing your opioids in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

 

 

 

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