After marijuana and alcohol, the most common drugs teens are misusing or abusing are prescription medications.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than 1,600 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day.*
Drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns & falling:
Falling = 28,360 deaths
Cars = 32,351 deaths
Guns = 33,692 deaths
Drug Overdoses = 43,982 deaths (16,235 from pain medicine)
The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and consumes about 75% of the world's prescription opioids.
It is illegal in Minnesota to possess prescription drugs without a lawful prescription as well as selling prescription drugs, whether the original prescription is yours or not. In doing so, you could be charged with a felony.
Learning how to properly store and dispose of prescription medication can help prevent abuse. A national educational program from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and Purdue Pharma L.P., called Safeguard My Meds, outlines a set of do’s and don’ts for safe medication storage.