Opioids and unused medications

Help your employees, your county or your community recognize the dangers of opioids and learn why it’s important to safely dispose of unused prescription medication. HealthPartners ‘Cut Short’ campaign has tools to help raise awareness about the dangers of opioids.

Promotional materials

1. Blog articles

2. Click on social media posts and share

3. Link to: 15-second public service announcements (3 total)

4. Print your own tri-fold brochure Six things you need to know about opioids and pain

5. Poster that can be edited

6. Web banner

Speakers available

Lori Lewis lost her son Ryan to an opioid overdose when he was just 23.  Lori is a registered nurse and currently works in health care information technology. She volunteers for several organizations dedicated to education, prevention and treatment of opioid addiction:  the Steve Rummler Hope Network, Thrive! Family Addiction Support, Adult & Teen Challenge and Minnesota Recovery Connection. She is a trained Peer Recovery Specialist who coaches others on their path to recovery.  Contact Lori at: lalrn@comcast.net

Josh Moe was a college student when he became addicted to opioids. He’s been in recovery for more than eight years and now leads a digital analytics team in Health Informatics. He also has a consulting business where he helps local organizations with their digital analytics practices. In his free time, Josh passionately follows college football, traveling across the country to attend games in new cities. His bucket list includes hitting every stadium in the Southeastern Conference. He also enjoys applying his analytical skills to winning his fantasy football leagues. Outside of football season, Josh and his wife enjoy working out, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Contact Josh at: joshua.d.moe@gmail.com

Articles for newsletters

Understanding opioid addiction
Our bodies have natural chemicals to relieve pain. But when someone takes opioid pain medications for longer than two to three weeks, around the clock, the body stops making these hormones. Read about better, more effective, ways to treat pain.

Why opioids make pain worse
Pain is common and we all experience it. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong when you break a leg, cut your finger or have another injury. Chronic pain is different. Your body hurts even when there is no obvious injury. It’s not all in your mind. You really do feel pain. But the fix is not in a pill. Here are some things you can do to address the root causes of pain.

My son’s life was cut short by opioids. Here are four lessons for other parents
Lori’s son Ryan was just 23 when he died of a heroin overdose. His path to addiction started with pain medication he found in their medicine cabinet. Here are four things she wished she had known.

Have old medicine you’re not using?
Did you know that if medications are not disposed of properly, they can end up in our drinking water and lakes and rivers? Find out how to get rid of unused medications.

A full-time job in hell: my journey in and out of opioid addiction
For Josh, taking prescription pain pills felt great in the beginning. But as time went on, he began to feel violently ill if he went more than a day without drugs. Read how he was able to finally beat his addiction and the lessons he learned.

How to use
  1. Share articles and links to PSAs and blog posts in newsletters, on intranet and email
  2. Show PSA’s, schedule a speaker at conferences, meetings and classes
  3. Print the brochure to distribute at community events, share with students and employees
  4. Share social media posts with your followers
  5. Schedule a guest speaker for a company meeting or conference

If you have questions about how to use the toolkit or need additional information, please contact communications@healthpartners.com