Proper Use

logoUnused and easily accessible medicines have the potential to be misused and abused, particularly by teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prescription medicines most commonly abused by youth include pain relievers,tranquilizers, stimulants and depressants.

Properly storing and disposing of prescription medicines in your home is an important way to reduce the risk of their misuse and abuse by family members and others.

Prescription medications are meant to be used as directed by a doctor for the person they are prescribed to.

Proper Use:

  1. Only take prescriptions that are prescribed to you
  2. Only take prescriptions according to the prescribed directions
  3. Do not take expired prescriptions
  4. Do not alter the form of the prescription
  5. Keep a medication log so you only take the correct amount in the correct time intervals

Other Resources:

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4678B3/SMA12-4678B3.pdf

http://www.safeguardmymeds.org/downloads/SafeguardMyMeds-PrescriptionMedicineStorageAndDisposal.pdf

http://www.disposemymeds.org

http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/environmental-impact

How clean is the water?    http://www.learnaboutrxsafety.org

Medication Toolkit for your family.    http://www.talkaboutrx.org

How to talk with your teen.    http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm