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Safe Prescription Drug Use

pill bottle imageIf a medical professional prescribes you any type of medication, engage them in conversation to learn more about the medication and its effects.

Questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist include:

  • Why am I being prescribed this medication?
  • How much of this medication do I take and for how long?
  • How will this interact with my other medications?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What are my other options for managing my pain?

“Prescription medication misuse” includes:

  • Taking a medication prescribed to you more often than prescribed by a doctor.
  • Taking a medication prescribed to you in a different dose than prescribed by a doctor.
  • Taking a medication prescribed for someone else.
  • Taking a pain medication to feel a high.

Other medication safety tips:

  • Keep a detailed list of all current medications including prescription, non-prescription, vitamins and supplements. Share this list with your doctors and pharmacist.
  • Never share your prescription medications with friends or family.
  • Talk openly and honestly with teens and young adults in your life about safe use of prescription medications, especially opioids.
  • Keep medications locked away to prevent them from getting in the hands of children, adolescents, guests and anyone else who may enter your home.
  • Safely dispose of your medications as soon as they are no longer needed.

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