Mixed Up About Rx?
If you have seen the many headlines about prescription drugs you may be wondering: fact or fiction? The truth is that many medications are over-prescribed and may have serious risks, including addiction and overdose. In recent years, opioid overdoses have skyrocketed, causing more deaths than car crashes. And improper disposal of old pills can contaminate our water supply or make it easier for the wrong people to get access to them.
- If you have ongoing pain, seek experienced physicians who can assist you beyond just writing a prescription, such as with physical therapy, surgery or psychotherapy.
- Always follow the written instructions on your medications. Research shows that many people who overdosed took too many pills in an effort to obtain faster relief, used someone else’s prescription or combined medications that should never be mixed, including with alcohol.
- Dispose of unused medicines properly (do not flush or throw in the trash!) Wondering what to do with those pills already in your medicine cabinet? One in ten teens report using pills to get high in the past year, and they generally get them from friends and family. Consider storing prescriptions in a lockbox. But don’t keep them “just in case.” To find collection sites in San Diego, visit: www.SanDiegoRxAbuseTaskForce.org
Want to learn more or ready to take action? The San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force website offers a wealth of resources including information on getting help for addiction, actions you can take to address problems in your family, a page for teens, local statistics and legislation.
San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force:
To find local resources for mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders, visit: http://Up2SD.org