Medication Safety: Practice Makes Perfect
Did you know that more people accidentally die from prescription drugs each year than car crashes and illegal drugs combined? According to the JP Prescription Drug Awareness Foundation, someone dies every 15 minutes of an accidental prescription drug overdose in the U.S. In 2013, 50 Coloradans died each month from unintentional drug poisonings.
How safe are your prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications? It's amazing how many people are unaware of how to properly take, store and dispose of medications.
This is why it is important to take medications by reading directions thoroughly and check the drug facts to make sure you understand what you are taking. It is also imperative that the youth are educated on the dangers of prescription and OTC meds when taken improperly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they are the most commonly abused substance among American teens 14 and older, after the use of marijuana and alcohol.
There are many myths about medications and it is important to know the reality behind them. TakeMedsSeriously.org helps you separate fact from fiction when it comes to the most common myths.
And check out these sources for information on how to keep you and your family knowledgeable and out of danger.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your specific medications to learn about side-effects, things to watch out for and any other information they can give you before you begin taking the prescription or the OTC medication. You can also take a look at the National Institute of Health's list of drugs to learn about your medication. The information includes side-effects, dosage, special precautions and more.
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