Prescription Drug Abuse

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The abuse and misuse of prescription drugs [are] second only to marijuana use as the nation's most prevalent drug problem.
- Dr. Ken Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Professional and External Affairs at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Prescription drug abuse among teenagers and young adults is trending at an alarming rate. A prevalence of misinformation about prescription drugs - along with their startling availability - is one of the primary reasons that this epidemic continues to spread.

The following resources and tool kits are an excellent way to familiarize yourself and others with the nature of prescription drugs as well as the consequences of their use.

Disposal Guidelines and Take-Back Days

For reasons ranging from the health of our environment to the prevention of accidents and/or abuse, it is absolutely essential that prescription drugs be disposed of according to strict guidelines. The following resources will provide you and your loved ones with direction as to the proper disposal of medications or the coordination of a drug take-back day in your community.

Dispose My Meds

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Disposal of Unused Medicines - What You Should Know

Recovery Assistance and Support

Recovering from addiction is a life-long journey that necessitates a healthy support system and a wide selection of recovery assistance resources. The following resources are just a few of the options available to help you or a loved one take that first step or continue along the road to recovery.

12 Steps

Above the Influence

Narcotics Anonymous World Services

Students Against Destructive Decisions

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

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