Opioid misuse and pain management.

What are opioids?

Opioids are often prescribed to relieve pain. They include:

- Prescription pain relievers codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and others.

- Heroin, a drug illegally made from morphine.

- Methadone and fentanyl, powerful synthetic drugs.

- Fentanyl, a powerful anesthetic used to manage pain. - Prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and others.

Inform your employees to be S.M.A.R.T. about drugs

The more your employees know about the dangers of drugs (even opioid pain medicine), alcohol, tobacco, and certain activities or behaviors, the more informed choices they can make about prevention or care for their family’s health.

Other ways to treat pain

There are many nonopioid approaches to pain relief — covered by Anthem and used successfully by members.

Plus, there are nonmedication options with advanced pain management approaches:

- Electrical nerve stimulation

- Spinal cord stimulators

- Muscle, nerve and/or spinal injections

Nonopioid drug options can help

When deciding which drugs are on the approved list of medications, our medical and pharmacy teams consider which have the best clinical benefit. Other options to manage pain include:

- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen and naproxen)

- Anticonvulsants (such as gabapentin) - Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) (antidepressant medications) - Corticosteroids (steroid injections) - Skeletal muscle relaxants - Topical analgesics (cream- and ointment-based pain medications)

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