Patient Education

Resource Name

Brief Description

The Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction

This booklet informs patients about buprenorphine and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. It describes addiction and withdrawal, how buprenorphine works, its proper use, its side effects, and how it fits with counseling in the recovery process.

Patient-Physician Starting the Conversation Poster

This poster was produced by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and encourages patients to speak with their doctors and health care professionals about their drug use of all types (including prescription and over-the-counter medications).


Preventing an Opioid Overdose Tip Card

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced a tip card to help the public understand and recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and the factors that could increase patient risks. The tip card also links the public to the CDC website to learn more about opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.

Guide for Patients Taking Buprenorphine at Home

The National Institutes for Health produced an infographic guide to assist patients who are beginning buprenorphine treatment at home. The guide helps patients to understand the steps and possible symptoms to expect when beginning treatment.

Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families, Friends

Produced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Opioid Addiction Treatment guide helps patients, families and friends to navigate facts about treatment. The guide includes information on treatment plans, counseling, and medications to treat opioid addiction alongside a variety of other helpful information.

Buprenorphine (Sublingual Film) Medication Guide

This medication guide was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and provides important information about using sublingual or buccal administrations of Suboxone.

Heller School Publications and Products on the Opioid Crisis and People with Disabilities for Consumers, Providers, and Community Organizations

Three new issue briefs on medication treatment, peer support, and traumatic brain injury from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research grantee Brandeis University provide information for people with disabilities and their families, substance use treatment providers, and community organizations looking for resources on how the opioid crisis may be impacting people with disabilities. The Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse Addiction and Disability Services (INROADS) Project aims to understand how and why people with disabilities misuse opioids, help them access treatment, recover from opioid use disorder, and move toward their individually defined life goals.

Opioids in the Workplace


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is working to build awareness and resources around opioids in the workplace. Resources are provided to help workers and employers facing this epidemic in their communities.