Opioids are categorized as "controlled substances" because, although they can be instrumental in managing your chronic pain, they are highly sought after by people who are looking to abuse them. As a result, physicians are required to use risk management strategies such as pain contracts, pill counts, and urine drug screens to document that you are taking your medication as prescribed.
Follow your physician's instructions carefully and ask any questions you have about taking or storing your medication
Read the information sheet included with your prescription
Report any side effects to your physician immediately
Tell your physician if you or someone in your family has a history of mental illness or substance abuse such as being prone to compulsive behavior, using illicit drugs, or alcoholism
Know the difference between tolerance, physical dependence and addiction
Use a pain diary to record your pain and how your treatment is working between your appointments