Prescription Drug Abuse: How You Can Help
Conceal, Monitor & Control Prescription Drugs
In light of prescription drug abusers often pinching pills without the owners' consent, it is important to safeguard and keep track of your prescription drugs. Think about your home. What prescription drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you notice if some were missing?
Following are steps you can immediately take to limit access to your prescription drugs:
- Safeguard all drugs at home, including over-the-counter medicines. Conceal, monitor quantities and control access.
- If you have children, set clear rules for teens about all drug use, including not sharing medicine and always following the medical provider's advice and dosages.
- Be a good role model by following these same rules with your own medicines.
- Ask friends and family to safeguard their prescription drugs as well.
Properly dispose of old or unused medicines
old prescription medications down the toilet unless the label specifically says to do so. Otherwise, dangerous chemicals may leak into the water supply and damage the environment.
old medications out in the trash where others can easily find them.
Always read the label for proper disposal instructions on all medications.
Need help for Prescription Drug Abuse?
If you or someone you know needs help with a prescription drug abuse, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment can help. With treatment programs personalized to meet the specific needs of men, women, teens, and young men, Gateway's team of experienced professionals has been helping individuals overcome substance abuse for more than 40 years