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What Do You Know About Prescription Pain Medications?

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 Answer the questions below to find out what you learned about prescription pain medications.


1. Opioid medications relieve pain by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.

A. True
B. False

2. Opioids require a prescription because they are expensive.

A. True
B. False

3. Prescription drugs are safer to abuse than illegal “street” drugs because a doctor prescribes them.

A. True
B. False

4. Taking opioid medications by methods other than how they are prescribed can lead to their reaching the brain very rapidly, increasing the risk of addiction and overdose.

A. True
B. False

5. Prescription painkillers include medications from a class of drugs called:

A. stimulants
B. opioids
C. inhalants
D. steroids

6. The body’s natural opioid system includes special receptors called opioid receptors, which bind natural pain-relieving chemicals as well as prescription opioids. Which of the following is NOT a part of the body where opioid receptors are found?

A. brain
B. hair
C. spinal cord
D. all of the above

7. Before writing a prescription for pain medication, a doctor first evaluates:

A. any medical conditions you have
B. any past drug use
C. other medications you are taking
D. all of the above

8. Opioids include the following drugs:

A. Vicodin®
B. Advil®
C. OxyContin®
D. A and B
E. A and C

9. Which of the following can be an adverse effect of opioids?

A. nausea
B. constipation
C. overdose
D. all of the above

10. Which of the following is NOT an example of abusing prescription painkillers?

A. Taking a drug prescribed for you in higher doses than directed
B. Taking a drug with a friend to get high
C. Taking a drug prescribed for you according to instructions from your doctor
D. Taking a drug that was prescribed for your friend

11. A doctor monitors safe use of prescription medications by:

A. giving you warning signs of a bad reaction to look out for
B. telling you what other drugs you cannot take at the same time as the medication
C. giving you instructions on how to safely take the medication
D. all of the above


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