Safe Use: Learn The Facts

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  • 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.

DRIVE SOBER – KNOW THE FACTS

References

  1. Prescription Pain Medication Deaths In Utah, 2012 Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention program