Those who are taking properly prescribed opioids can be at risk of overdose. Following the recommendations below can prevent an accidental overdose.
Take medication only as prescribed.
Do not take more than instructed.
Call a doctor if your pain worsens.
Never mix painkillers with alcohol or sleeping pills.
Store your medication in a safe place.
Dispose of unused medication properly.
Teach your friends and family how to respond to an overdose.
Discuss any concerns with your doctor.
Use of alcohol and other depressants along with opiates significantly increase the risk of overdose, as does use after periods of abstinence and/or low tolerance.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration