The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a one-page resource to help hospital patients who may be prescribed opioids before discharge discuss the risks and benefits of these medications with their health care provider. “Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain. The goal is to help patients manage their pain and continue to lead healthy, productive lives. We are pleased to work with the CDC to develop and share this new resource with hospitals and care providers across the country.” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and co-chair of the House Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, and Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH), co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, applauded the tool. For more information on addressing the opioid abuse crisis, visit and