Five Things You Can Do During National Safety Month to Curb Prescription Painkiller Abuse

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June is National Safety Month, an excellent time to learn more about safety issues such as prescription painkiller abuse. According to the National Health Information Center, prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose— more than four times higher than in 1999.

  1. Watch the California State Board of Pharmacy’s video  which warns of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
  2. Check the expiration date on your medicines.
  3. Keep track of your medications, safely dispose of unwanted medications.
  4. Don’t purchase or use any controlled prescription drugs obtained from illegal websites. They could be counterfeit or may not contain the correct ingredients. They may even be toxic.
  5. Get help if you or someone you love is abusing prescription pain medications.

Visit these sites for more information:

California State Board of Pharmacy
Information on prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment for teens, students, parents and educators.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Comprehensive information, resources and tips from experts and other parents; opportunities to connect and share experiences with other families.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Provides information, statistics and articles on improving the quality and availability of drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) 1-877-SAMHSA7
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: A resource for federal government agency publications dealing with alcohol and drug use prevention and addiction treatment.

SAMHSA’s Center on Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
1-800-662-HELP
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Toll-free treatment referral hotline provides callers with information and listings of treatment and recovery services for alcohol and drug problems.

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