Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) are generally prescribed for acute pain, injuries, surgeries and medical procedures. While these medications can reduce pain during short-term use, they come with serious risks including addiction and death from overdose.
If you are scheduled for surgery, your doctor will likely discuss your post-operative medications with you. If you are prescribed a narcotic, the prescription must be filled within 7 days of when it was written for you. See the HRS 329 UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
If you are prescribed opioids, ask your health care provider these questions to fully understand the benefits and risks and to ensure that you’re getting care that is safe, effective, and right for you:
Stay informed and learn more opioid facts. If you are already taking prescription opioids, answer a few questions to find out if you could be at risk for opioid dependency.