The Mayo Clinic suggests the following guidelines to help prevent abusing opioids.

• Do not take an opioid in a way not intended by

  the doctor who prescribed it, including taking more

  than the prescribed dose or taking the drug for the

  way it makes a person feel.

• Do not take opioids “just in case,” even when not 

   in pain.

• Seek help for mood changes, including excessive

  swings from elation to hostility.

• Seek help following changes in sleep patterns.

• Do not borrow medication from other people or 

  “lose” medications so that more prescriptions 

  must be written.

• Do not seek the same prescription from multiple  

  doctors in order to have a “backup” supply.

• Do not make poor decisions, such as putting oneself

  and others in danger.