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There Are Safer Ways to Manage Pain

If you’re recovering from surgery or have chronic pain, discuss alternative pain management techniques with your health care provider.

Recent studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that using non-opioid therapies significantly lowers pain intensity when compared with opioid therapy.

You can keep opioids from being a threat to your life and health, as well as your family’s.

Non-opioid pain management alternatives include:

  • Yoga

    A form of exercise that combines breath control, meditation, and movement to strengthen muscles and relieve stress. Download a yoga fact sheet.

    Visit to find a certified yoga teacher near you.

  • Acupuncture

    A therapy that targets peripheral nerves using thin needles, heat, and pressure applied to certain areas of the body. Download an acupuncture fact sheet . Visit the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s website at , and click on Find a Practitioner.