Prescription Drug Safety

Nearly 19 million Americans used prescription drugs, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, and stimulants, non-medically in the past year.

Prescription drug misuse and abuse is an issue that touches people of all socio-economic backgrounds and ages.

How to Get Help

Below are a few resources to utilize if you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug abuse.

For Emergencies:

  • If you or someone you are with is experiencing a life-threatening situation such as an overdose, call 911, your local or regional hospital, or your physician’s emergency services.
  • If you’ve accidentally taken too much medicine, you can call a local poison control center at 800/222-1222 immediately. A poison control center expert can assist you at no cost, if you mistakenly take medication that is not prescribed for you, or if you have taken too much medication, prescription or non-prescription.

​For Addiction Treatment:

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a useful online treatment center locator that helps you find facilities in your area.
  • The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has information on helping teens as well as tips for parents and caregivers on talking to youth about prescription drug safety and abuse.

Disposing of Medications the Safe Way

Many homes end up with unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Old prescriptions left in medicine cabinets or elsewhere in the home can often be an easy source for those who would like to abuse prescription medications.