Prescription Drug Safe Use

You can help combat the dangers of prescription drug abuse by using your prescription drugs only as directed.


Safe use guidelines and tips

  • Only take medication prescribed to you.
  • Never share your medicine with someone else, or take someone else’s medication.
  • Always read and follow the instructions on your medicine’s label.

Additional Safety Tips

  • Keep a list of all medicines you take and share it with your doctors or pharmacist. Also share allergies you have, if you’re pregnant and any conditions you have. 
  • Learn how your medicine will interact with other medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter, and alcohol by asking your doctor. Call your doctor if a side effect is unexpected. 
  • Many medications can impair your driving ability which is both illegal, and dangerous.
  • Monitor your pills and medicine. This will help you be aware if some is missing, and know when it’s time to refill prescriptions. 
  • When you travel, keep your medicine in a carry-on bag. Bring extra in case you’re delayed. 
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist questions about your medicine and the instructions. Learn all you can. Know why you’re taking it and what the desired outcome should be.

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