Help Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
According to the Tennessee Medical Association, Tennessee ranks second per capita in the nation for prescription drug abuse. Nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers—that’s more than the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. The problem is even worse in Tennessee, which has an overdose death rate higher than the national average.
State and federal legislators have taken steps to curb prescription drug abuse, but there are also simple things you can do to help. Here are some tips:
- Use prescription painkillers only as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Ask your provider if an over-the-counter medication or a less potent, non-narcotic painkiller may be appropriate for you instead.
- Take your medicine as prescribed.
- Store your medicine in a secure location and make sure that no one else has access to your drugs.
- Keep drugs in their original, labeled containers.
- Don’t share, borrow or sell medicine. Just because you have the same symptoms as someone else does not mean that you have the same condition or that you need the same medication.
- Monitor your medications carefully so you know if someone else has taken them.
- Dispose of any unused drugs properly.
Talk with your healthcare provider immediately about any medication problems you may experience, including undesirable side-effects, feelings of addiction, or urge to take a higher dose.
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