Did You Know: Prescription Drug Misuse

Did You Know: Prescription Drug Misuse

Did you know that more than three in five teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from parents' medicine cabinets?

The DEA reports that 66.2% of recent first time misusers of pain relievers get their drugs free from a friend or relative without asking. While these numbers are shocking, it describes the importance of responsibly safeguarding your prescription medications. Proper medication disposal and safe storage are imperative in the diversion of drugs.

The following websites offer information on disposal and storage for you prescription medications:

Drug Disposal Infromation

Safeguarding Prescription Medication

Making these changes will ultimately help with the diversion and misuse of prescription medications.

"Safe Disposal of Medications could Save Lives." Medication Safety. Dispose My Meds 2015.
DEA Strategic Intelligence Section. 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enfrocement Administration. October 2015.