What are opioids?
An opioid is a type of drug that is used for pain. They may be prescription such as oxycontin, or they may be street drugs such as heroin.
They are extremely addictive.
What can I do for my pain instead of taking opioids?
GlobalHealth helps pay for other non-opioid medications for pain management.
Click here for your Drug Formulary.
GlobalHealth plans also include benefits for physical therapy and chiropractic services.
See your plan materials.
- Click here for Medicare Advantage.
- Click here for State of Oklahoma Retiree Group.
- Click here for State and Education.
- Click here for Federal.
- Click here for commercial groups.
What if I have a chronic pain condition that requires opioids?
If your doctor prescribes an opioid for you, it should be for the smallest dosage and the shortest time clinically appropriate.
However, if you have chronic pain and your doctor determines that an opioid is the most appropriate course of treatment for you, be sure you follow all directions your doctor gives you. Only take as directed.
If you are pregnant and are on opioids, talk to your doctor right away about your options. Not only are you taking them, but so is your baby.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about what to do in case of an accidental overdose. GlobalHealth covers medications designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose, some at no cost to you.
- Get a prescription for naloxone or a naltrexone kit.
- Make sure your family/friends know the signs of an overdose.
- Make sure your family/friends know where the naloxone or naltrexone kit is located. Talk to your doctor about teaching them how to use it in an emergency,
- Make sure your family/friends know to call 911 immediately as well if you do need to use it.
What can I do if I need help to stop taking opioids?
Call us. GlobalHealth plans have benefits for opioid use disorder.