Prescription Pain Killers result in more accidental drug overdoses than cocaine and heroine combined. Prescription drug pain-killers are responsible for 2 times more drug deaths than cocaine and 6 times more drug deaths than heroine, according to the Center for Disease Control. Drug-related deaths are now the second leading cause of accidental death in the US.
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- Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions, according to the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
What can you do?
- Hide your Rx drugs
- Take an inventory of the prescriptions and number of pills in your home
- Keep track of refills
- Don't leave prescription drugs out in the open
- Treat Rx medications just like you treated the cabinet under your sink when you had toddlers - lock them in a secure place
- Keep doors locked when not home
- Safely dispose of unused Rx drugs
- Drop off your unused or expired medications at a prescription drug drop box
- Mix your medications with coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them into an empty can or bag and.
- Don't flush down the toilet unless the packaging says otherwires
- Raise awareness abou the Rx drug problem in Apache County
- Tell your friends and family
- Talk to kids and grandkids about dangers of abusing Rx drugs