Do you know the truth about
prescription drug abuse?
Q. Abusing prescription drugs is safer than using illicit drugs.
Q. When misused or taken without a doctor’s prescription, these drugs can be just as harmful as illegal street drugs.
Q. Sharing and misusing prescription drugs is legal.
Q. Using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription is harmful and illegal.
70% of people 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get their drugs from friends or family.
Are you an Accidental Drug Dealer?
Learn how to keep track of your medications.
- Take note of how many pills are in each of your prescription bottles.
- Keep track of your refills, know many times you have refilled.
- Encourage friends and relatives to regularly monitor their medicine cabinets.
- Take prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinets and hide them in a place only you know about.
- If possible keep all medicine, both prescription and over the counter, in a secure place.
- Remind family and friends to lock up their medications. Keep them in a safe place that is out sight and out of the reach of children.
Use the Madison County Prescription drug disposal program, available 24/7, to dispose of unused prescription drugs properly!
- Remove any personal info from prescription drug bottles.
- Tightly seal prescription drug bottles and place in a ziplock bag.
- Drop off unused drug in disposal boxes.
If you are unable to take unused prescription drugs to the disposal boxes:
- take the medication out of it's bottle
- mix the medication with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or kitty litter
- put the mixture in an empty can or a zip-lock bag
- throw it away in your trash
Help Keep Our Water Supply Clean!
NEVER FLUSH MEDICATIONS DOWN THE TOILET
OR WASH THEM DOWN THE SINK!