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
• 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.