Tools & Templates

Addressing Pain Management & Opioid Use/Abuse

Tools & Resources: Tools & Templates

Customizable Tools

Integrate these articles and posters into your communication strategy as you reach out to your target audiences. They can help to raise awareness and educate your covered population about the safe use of prescription drugs, especially pain medications. Use the Word documents below either as-is or personalize them with your company logo and benefits-related information.

More Employer Tools

Prescription Drug Employer Kit, NSC

Request this kit for help as you begin to address prescription drug use in your organization. It includes:

  • The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace guide
  • Tools to help you examine and update your drug free workplace and employee benefit programs
  • Fact sheets, handouts and a poster series with helpful information to educate employees and 5-minute safety talks

Other employee education resources from the NSC:

  • Poster (pdf): Prescription painkiller drug safety at home
  • Poster (pdf): Why you shouldn’t keep unused prescription drugs

Substance Abuse Cost Calculator for Employers, NSC

  • Use this calculator from the National Safety Council to learn the real costs of substance misuse and abuse in your workforce
  • Methodology behind the calculator
  • Journal article: A Substance Use Cost Calculator for US Employers With an Emphasis on Prescription Pain Medication Misuse. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Nov; 59(11): 1063–1071

Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit, SAMHSA

Use this toolkit to find information on how to:

  • Build a team
  • Assess your workforce
  • Develop a policy
  • Plan and implement a drug-free workplace program
  • Evaluate your program
  • Provide education and training for employees

Educational Resources: Misuse of Prescription Pain Relievers, FDA

Use these educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription pain relievers:

  • Brochures
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Internet Public Service Announcement Banners
  • Posters
  • Radio Public Service Announcements
  • Television Public Service Announcements

Project Root: Rethink Opioids

The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides a sample patient agreement form, to be used with patients who are beginning long-term treatment with opioid analgesics or other controlled substances.