CDC Videos

CDC produced videos to help improve communication between prescribers and patients about prescription opioids.

Even When Prescribed by a Doctor

Informational, 1-minute-31-second video that raises awareness about prescription opioids among the general public. Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and make informed decisions about pain management together.

When Benefits Outweigh the Risks

60-second PSA for healthcare providers that features two patients beginning opioid therapy. Prescription opioids can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but can also have serious risks and side effects.

KOBI TV-5 Videos

Five videos produced by Oregon Pain Guidance in collaboration with KOBI TV-5.

Animations about Chronic Pain and Opioids

Chronic Pain Explained in 2.5 minutes

The team from Hunter Integrated Pain Service, University of South Australia, University of Washington and Hunter Medicare Local have released a follow-up shorter video after their popular “Pain Explained in 5 Minutes” video. (2.5 minutes)

Brainman Stops his Opioids

Brainman makes choices as he transitions toward an active evidence based approach. The team from Hunter Integrated Pain Service, University of South Australia, University of Washington and Hunter Medicare Local. (2 minutes)

Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes

Animation by Hunter Integrated Pain Service (5 minutes)

Best Advice for People Taking Opioid Medication

Animation by Dr. Mike Evans (11 minutes)

Other Helpful Videos

Why Things Hurt

An excellent TED talk by Lorimer Moseley explaining how the brain interprets pain using his personal experience of being bitten by the deadly Eastern Brown snake.(14 minutes)

Naloxone - How it saves lives

An excellent video by the New York City Department of Health. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of an overdose. A community health worker demonstrates how to use Naloxone (Narcan™). Also, hear from people whose lives were saved.

How to Use Nasal Naloxone

Video by the Oregon Health Authority on using Nasal Naloxone to Reverse Opiate Overdose.

WA State Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Response Video

Reenactment of an overdose within a family.

Videos from Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

The organization’s mission is to reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from prescribing of opioids and to promote cautious, safe and responsible opioid prescribing practices. These videos are from leading experts in the field. Asterisks (*) indicates that speaker has relationships with opioid manufacturers.

Effectiveness for Chronic Pain

This video explains that long-term opioid therapy is not an evidence-based treatment for chronic pain. Interviews with Drs. Mark Sullivan, Alex Cahana and Gilbert Fanciullo. (6 minutes)

Understanding Physical Dependence

This video helps prescribers and the public better understand the meaning of the term physical dependence and to correct the misperception that physical dependence on opioids is benign and clinically unimportant. Drs. Mark Sullivan, Jane Ballantyne and Thomas Kosten and Betty Tully. (3 minutes)

Opioid Addictions are not rare

This video explains that pain patients can become addicted to opioids and that misinformation on this topic played a role in causing the epidemic. It features a clip of CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden and interviews with Drs. Russell Portenoy*, Nathaniel Katz*, Andrew Kolodny and Thomas Kosten. (5 minutes)

High Dose Opioid Therapy Reconsidered

This video corrects the misperception that there is no upper dose limit for opioid therapy and that high dose prescribing is a dangerous practice. Video features Dr. Lynn Webster*, President-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Betty Tully and Drs. Jane Ballantyne and Thomas Kosten. (5 minutes)