- Since 2000, the number of deaths due to overdose of prescription pain medication has increased over 315%.
- Over the last decade, prescription pain medications have been responsible for more drug deaths in Utah than all other drugs combined.
- In 2012, 21 Utah adults died per month of an unintentional prescription drug overdose.1
- 97% of Utah adults reported obtaining a prescription medication, without a doctor’s prescription, from a friend or family member.
- In 2009, prescription drugs passed cocaine/crack as the fourth highest drug of choice in Utah.
- 52% of all prescription pain medication deaths in Utah involved oxycodone.
TIPS FOR SAFE USE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
- Tell your healthcare provider about ALL medicines and supplements you take.
- Never take medication that is not prescribed to you.
- Never share your prescription medications.
- Never take your medications more often or in higher doses than prescribed or directed.
- Know the potential harmful interactions of drinking alcohol while taking specific medications.
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter medications with depressants such as sleep aids, anti-anxiety medications, or cold medicine can be dangerous.
- Properly dispose of all unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – to include legally prescribed or over-the-counter medications – is not only dangerous, it is illegal.
- Prescription Pain Medication Deaths In Utah, 2012 Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention program