Personal Responsibility: Learning the Right Way to Safeguard Prescription Medicine and Doing Your Part to Prevent Prescription Abuse
When used as directed, prescription medicine provides great benefits for people with a wide range of short-term to debilitating chronic diseases and medical conditions. These important medicines are found in nearly every U.S. household, yet many people don’t realize the responsibilities that come with having them in the home. These responsibilities start by taking medicine as prescribed by healthcare professionals, and continue with safely storing and disposing of them. These simple steps can help reduce the risk of their misuse and abuse by people who have access to your home and medicine cabinet.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2014.