Non-addictive options to Opioids: Exploring Pain Relief Options Before Taking Opioids

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The Painful Truth, a new campaign by Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse in partnership with Aleve, to encourage consumers to explore pain relief options before taking opioids.

While opioid dispensing rates in the U.S. are slowly ticking down, they remain elevated compared with rates in other countries. The U.S. makes up only 4.4% of the worlds population, but it consumes over 80% of the worlds opioids

Luckily, consumers today have more options than ever before for powerful, nonaddictive pain relief as they navigate their unique positions on the overall pain spectrum, including but not limited to over-the-counter (OTC) medications, physical therapy, medication and chiropractic care.

Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA) in partnership with Aleve, a marquee pain relief product from Bayer indicated for minor pain, launched The Painful Truth, campaign developed to encourage consumers to explore, with their doctors, pain relief options such as OTC products before taking opioids, when appropriate.

The Painful Truth campaign launched with a film featuring real pain sufferers who are at crossroads in their pain relief journeys and seeking guidance. The featured patients believe they are participating in a video call with a pain expert who will help them explore their options, but as the conversation progresses, our expert reveals that they are in fact in recovery from opioid use disorder. At this critical juncture in their care, the patients are encouraged to consider different pain relief options.

A nationwide media tour was conducted on March 26th featuring Mary Bono, Co-Founder, Chair of the Board of Directors & CEO of Mothers Against Drug Abuse (MAPDA) and Matt Robinson, A voice from The Painful Truth campaign and Co-Host of Till the Wheels Fall Off (TWFO) podcast.

Topics that were discussed included:

What people need to know about the pain relief options available to them before taking opioids when appropriate and after discussion with their healthcare provider.

Matts first-person experience with opioid use disorder.

The work Mothers Against Drug Abuse has done to address the issue.

How patients can choose and advocate for themselves as it relates to pain management.

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About with Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA)

Founded in 2011, Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on policy advocacy, opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention education, and opioid awareness programs. For more information, visit

About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. In line with its mission, Health for all, Hunger for none, the companys products and services are designed to help people and the planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to driving sustainable development and generating a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2023, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 47.6 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 5.8 billion euros. For more information, go to

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