Keeping Medications Safe

We live in a society where prescription drugs are available and where quick fixes are expected, resulting in a normalization of the misuse of medications. Prescription drugs are seen as acceptable and are readily available due to the high amount of these drugs being prescribed. This access is an underlying factor to this growing problem; Generation RX has found that most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends. Not only is this dangerous and illegal but it is also preventable!

What You Can Do to Prevent Prescription Misuse
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  1. Don’t share your medications!
    Medications prescribed to you are for you alone and can have very dangerous effects on those you share with! It is also illegal to share your medications with others- you can be convicted as a drug dealer.
  2. Keep your medications safe!
    Keep your medications low profile. Scratch out the personal information to protect not only the medication but your personal identity information, too! Store your medication containers in a locked box or cabinet out of sight. Check out our locking caps!
  3. Properly dispose of unused medications!
    Take unused medications to your local disposal drop-box or take-back event!
    If neither of these options are available in your area, read your prescription label, talk to your pharmacist, or check out the FDA’s safe disposal guidelines.
  4. Talk about it!

50% of Missouri college students indicated that they do not talk with their families about prescription drug misuse
*Data from MCHBS 2014

This leads to misinformation and ignorance on the dangers of misusing these drugs, which is a major factor of this growing problem. Be sure to talk to your friends and family about the risks of prescription drugs and what can be done to prevent their misuse.

Need help now?

drug phone   National Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-943-0566
rx phone   Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-888-939-3612

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