Patient risk factors for opioid abuse

Many patients fear that they may become addicted to medications that are prescribed to them for legitimate medical conditions, such as painkillers after surgery. These risk factors may be considered as potential lead-ins to prescription drug abuse:

  • Multiple health problems
  • Taking multiple medications
  • Pre-existing psychiatric conditions
  • Past or present addictions, including alcohol
  • Lack of knowledge or education about prescription drugs
  • Exposure to peer pressure or social environment where there is drug use
  • Easy access to prescription medications, such as working in a health care setting

Health risks of prescription drug abuse

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Organ damage and failure
  • Tolerance to the medication
  • Decreased cognitive function
  • Psychological addiction and cravings

Policies and guidelines

Our goal is to ensure that all members have access to appropriate care and pain management through our programs, medication policies and guidelines. We help detect and prevent inappropriate medication use while encouraging and helping you manage and support appropriate opioid use for pain management. Verify patient benefits and eligibility on the Availity Provider Portal.

Tools and resources

Our programs

Suggestions or questions

If you have suggestions or questions about this toolkit, please email us. Together, we can help our members – your patients – get and stay well.