Did you know that the majority of people who misuse prescription medications get the medication from a family member or friend?
Research has shown that those who unintentionally or intentionally use a medication not prescribed to them get access to the medication from someone who has a valid prescription.1 This means that the homes of family members, loved ones, and friends are all access sites to prescription medications.
When these medications fall into the wrong hands, the consequences can be deadly. Accidental ingestion by family members or friends, including seniors, children, teens, and even pets, can result in death or serious physical and/or mental harm.
It is estimated that 100 people die from overdoses everyday. Most of those overdoses are from prescription medications, such as pain relievers (opioids) like oxycodone, morphine, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and codeine.
You can help prevent misuse, diversion, and overdose from prescription medications by:
•Always taking your medications correctly, as prescribed by your practioner or provider.
•Storing your medications in a lock box out of reach from children, guests, and pets.
•Disposing of your medications by taking your unused or expired medications to a permanent pill disposal drop box at the Sanford Police Dept. or Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
•Never share your medication.
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