Opioids aren’t the only option.

Take the time to ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking an opioid medication for pain:

  1. Am I at risk for addiction?
  2. Is there an alternative that could work?
  3. Is this the lowest possible dose to be prescribed?
  4. How long will I be taking this medication?
  5. How will I taper off this medication?


What is the Problem? In 2021, there were 1,289 deaths related to opioid overdose in Colorado. Each year, this number rises. The answer may not be opioids. According to studies, it takes just 5 days to develop a physical dependence on opioids. Pain can be controlled by safer alternatives to opioids.


Common Opioid Alternatives:

  • Non-opioid medications
  • Yoga
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Acupuncture

Ask your Valley View provider what is right for you