What are Opioids?

Opioids are a group of pain medications used to help with moderate to severe pain. Prescription opioids, when use appropriately, can be an important part of the overall treatment for acute and chronic pain.

Arkansas ranks 46th overall for senior health status and has the 2nd highest overall opioid prescribing rate in the nation. Especially for older adults with Medicare, opioid prescribing rates are at 114.6 prescriptions for every 100 people in the state according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The O.P.A.L. Program

The Opioid Prevention for Aging and Longevity (O.P.A.L.) Program’s goal is to provide education about opioid pain medications and to provide education on opioid use disorder (OUD) awareness to mature adults and their caregivers.

 

For more information on the O.P.A.L. program, contact Regina V. Gibson, PhD, MALS, RN

at 501.686.7316 or Leaann Mercer, RN, BSN at 501.526.6388.