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Opioid ‘thermometer’ for patients

Get your patients thinking about the dose of opioid medicines they are taking, and whether it is really helping them.

This resource can be printed at A4 size or, for more impact in a waiting room setting, at A3.

The poster reminds patients that there are harms as well as benefits to longer term opioid medicine use – especially in persistent pain – and that above a certain dose no further pain reduction can be expected.

Its ‘call to action’ suggests that, if they have any concerns, they should speak to their healthcare team to find out more about other ways of managing their pain.

Download the Opioid Thermometer for patients

Want to remind your practice colleagues about the risks of overprescribing opioid medicines in long term pain? We’ve also produced a professionals’ version of this poster that addresses clinicians directly.

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