Nearly half of all prescription drug misuse occurs right in the home when a person takes a prescription medication that is not prescribed for him/her or takes it for reasons or in dosages other than prescribed.
The facts are alarming as many individuals do not believe prescription drugs for non-medical use can be harmful. Yet, prescription drug overdoses killed nearly 15,000 people in the U.S. in 2008.
This site includes information on the various prescription medications commonly abused, resources, and tools to assist with raising the awareness about this public health threat.
Together everyone can play a role to raise the awareness about this important topic and assist with preventing misuse and saving lives.
Using Prescription Drugs Safely
- Always follow medication directions carefully.
- Don’t increase or decrease doses without talking with your doctor.
- Don’t stop taking medication on your own.
- Don’t crush or break pills.
- Be clear about the drug’s effects on driving and other daily tasks.
- Learn about the drug’s potential interactions with alcohol, other prescription medicines, and over-the-counter medicines.
- Inform your doctor about your past history of substance abuse.
- Don’t use other people’s prescription medications and don’t share yours.