Prescription & OTC Drug Abuse | DAC Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium
  • It is illegal and dangerous to use prescribed medications in any way other than prescribed—not a different person, not a different dose
  • The major classes of prescription medications include
    • Depressants:
    • Stimulants
    • Pain-killers
      . . . and are deadly when used in any combinations
  • Many young people wrongly think that since prescription medications are safely manufactured and distributed that they are also safe for youth recreationally
  • The majority of teens abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—in their home medicine cabinet
  • Non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America
  • Three out of four heroin addicts started by abusing prescription pain medications
  • For prevention and safety,
    • lock and secure medication in your home
    • safely dispose of unwanted medications at “take-back” locations
    • Preserve our water supply.  Do not flush unwanted meds