Did you know?

Even though prescription drugs are medicine, misusing them can be just as dangerous, deadly or illegal as street drugs.

What are the dangers of misusing prescription drugs?

  • According to the Montana State Crime lab in 2012 there were over 300 Montana deaths related to misuse or abuse of prescription drugs.  1
  • 70% of people 12 and older who abused pain relievers in 2007-2008 say they got them from a friend or relative.  1
  • 1 in 5 U.S. high school students report abusing a prescription medication at least once in their lives.  2
  • Teens who abuse prescription drugs are twice as likely to use alcohol, five times more likely to use marijuana, and twelve to twenty times more likely to use illegal street drugs such as heroin, Ecstasy and cocaine than teens who do not abuse prescription drugs.  3
  • Each year in the United States, more than 71,000 children aged 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  4

What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2 Partnership for a Drug Free America; 3 National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University; 4 Office of National Drug Control Policy